Rhinoceros Beetle Sinodendron cylindricum (Linnaeus, 1758)
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Although not as large as the Lesser Stag Beetle, the Rhinoceros Beetle is still an impressive species with a length of between 10-18mm. Both this and Lesser Stag Beetle, belong to the Lucanidae group. The female shown, was found under bark on a long dead Beech trunk at Holborn Hill Plantation in June 2008, whilst the male in the upper two pictures, was found on the trunk of a Birch at Sherwood Forest CP in May 2009. The male has a horn-like projection above the head and usually guards the entrance to the pair's burrow, whilst the female excavates branching burrows, where she lays eggs. The Rhinoceros Beetle is rare in the Sherwood Forest NNR area, with just a couple of records. We have also recorded this beetle on Ash, from Hills and Holes SSSI at Market Warsop in 2008.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Sinodendron cylindricum
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Nottingham City Council. 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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