Nalassus laevioctostriatus (Goeze, 1777)
A very common beetle, verging on being abundant in Sherwood Forest. Nalassus laevioctostriatus prefers sites on sandy soils, with the record from the far east of Nottinghamshire, coming from Spalford Warren. It spends the day under bark, but hundreds can be found climbing the trunks of trees at night to feed on algae. During the Winter, dead adults can be found under bark and at the base of trees, attacked by a white fungus. One of the Tenebrionidae family, N. laevioctostriatus females can reach 12mm in length.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nalassus laevioctostriatus
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Bob Merritt. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Allan and Annette Binding. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

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 February 2017

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