|Ontholestes tessellatus (Geoffroy, 1785)|
|A very distinctive Rove Beetle (Staphylinoidea) Ontholestes tessellatus is rarely encountered unless deliberately looked for and to find it, perhaps the best place to look is in or under carrion. This is exactly where this one was found at Clipstone Old Quarter in April 2009. It also represents the first record for Sherwood Forest NNR. There is only one other similar species in the UK, with which it can be confused. This is a large species, the one photographed measuring around 20mm.|
|UK distribution of Ontholestes tessellatus|
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|Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ontholestes tessellatus|
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