Sepedophilus marshami (Stephens, 1832)
Sepedophilus marshami is just one of the extremely large and difficult Staphylinidae family, known more commonly as Rove Beetles, which have most of their abdominal segments exposed. The largest example of the group is the Devil's Coach Horse, a familiar and imposing species. Over 1000 species of Staphylinidae in the UK, most are scavengers and can be found in a variety of sites. They generally inhabit leaf litter and and other decaying matter and are good fliers.

Sepedophilus marshami is the commonest Sepedophilus encountered in Nottinghamshire, being widespread across the county and found in a wide-range of habitats with a preference for woodland. It is most often found underneath stones and logs etc, or under the bark of fallen logs and branches.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Sepedophilus marshami
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Liam Andrews. NBGRC. Natural England - Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI & Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI, Nottinghamshire Saproxylic invertebrate survey, Natural England Field Unit, April-October 2018. Clumber Park SSSI Saproxylic Invertebrate Survey - A report to Natural England by EMEC Ecology 2019. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). 

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2022

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