Haplophthalmus danicus (Budde-Lund, 1880)
This is a tiny Woodlouse and unlikely ever to be noticed unless specifically looked for. Even then, it may be easily mistaken for a juvenile of a much larger species. Haplophthalmus danicus is one of three species of Haplophthalmus found in the UK. Because they are so small (to as little as 4mm) and are completely soil-dwelling, there are just two Nottinghamshire records.

The ones illustrated were found deep inside a pile of rotting bark chippings at Sherwood Forest CP in early April 2017 and 2020, and under logs at Cuckney in February 2018 and Gibraltar Plantation in March 2024. Proving to be more common, than the number of county records once suggested.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Haplopthalmus danicus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Steve Gregory.

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 2024

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