Tetratoma fungorum (Fabricius, 1790)
A colourful species with an orange pronotum and dark metallic elytra containing a hint of blue, found in or on Bracket Fungus, especially Birch Polypore and Horses-hoof Fungus growing on the trunks of Birch. This is very much a species of species of both the Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park areas of the county, being rarely reported from elsewhere, but was found at Langford Lowfields in 2015 (Davidson, R.). Superficially similar to Triplax aenea, which is another common beetle of Bracket Fungus. Length around 6mm.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Tetratoma fungorum
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). K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Richard Davidson. NBGRC. Natural England - Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI & Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI, Nottinghamshire Saproxylic invertebrate survey, Natural England Field Unit, April-October 2018.

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Updated January 2022

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