Thanatophilus sinuatus (Fabricius, 1775)
Usually found on (or under) carrion, Thanatophilus sinuatus is superficially similar to the extremely common Silpha atrata. The only other real species which could lead to possible misidentification is Thanatophilus rugosus, which has a much more textured and patterned elytra. There are still few records for Sherwood Forest. Difficulty finding suitable carrion in the forest, is probably the reason for it's rarity.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Thanatophilus sinuatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. NBGRC.

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Updated January 2022

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