Prionychus melanarius (Germar, 1813)
Not the most exciting of beetles. This was found in the pupal stage and reared in captivity to see what emerged. P. melanarius is a common species around Sherwood Forest especially and most often found on tree trunks after dark. It is a member of the Tenebrionidae family and simialr to Nalassus laevioctostriatus.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Prionychus melanarius
 
 
 
 
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).

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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