Elateridae of the British Isles

Protected Species and Conservation Designations

One species of British Elaterid, Limoniscus violaceus (the Violet Click Beetle), is protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 (WCA). The species was scheduled in 1998 and has since been added to the EU Habitats and Species Directive in Annexe 2a.

This designation within the WCA protects Limoniscus violaceus from-

Section 9.1 – intentional killing, injuring, taking

Section 9.2 – possession or control

Section 9.4a – damage to, destruction of, obstruction to access to any structure or place used for shelter or protection

Section 4b – disturbance when occupying such a place

Section 5a – selling, offering for sale, possessing or transporting for the purpose of sale

Section 5b – advertising for buying or selling

It’s designation under the EU Species and Habitats Directive ensures member states have an obligation to maintain, enhance and monitor their populations of the species through the¬†network of Special Protection Areas (SAC’s).

The following table lists the conservation designations of British Elaterids.

Species Reporting Category Designation

UK Biodiversity Action Plan list Red Listing based on pre 1994 IUCN guidelines Rare and scarce species Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 EU Habitats and Species Directive
Lacon querceus Priority Species Endangered
Anostirus castaneus Priority Species Endangered
Ctenicera pectinicornis Nationally Notable A
Calambus bipustulatus Nationally Notable B
Aplotarsus angustulus Rare
Paraphotistus impressus Nationally Notable B
Paraphotistus nigricornis Rare
Selatosomus cruciatus Extinct
Limoniscus violaceus Priority Species Endangered Schedule 5 Sections 9.1, 9.2, 9.4a, 9.4b, 9.5a, 9.5b Annexe 2a
Athous subfuscus Rare
Athous campyloides Nationally Notable B
Diacanthous undulatus Nationally Notable B
Adrastus rachifer Rare
Synaptus filiformis Priority Species Endangered
Agriotes sordidus Rare
Ampedus cardinalis Vulnerable
Ampedus cinnabarinus Rare
Ampedus elongantulus Nationally Notable A
Ampedus nigerrimus Endangered
Ampedus nigrinus Nationally Notable B
Ampedus pomorum Nationally Notable B
Ampedus quercicola Nationally Notable B
Ampedus rufipennis Priority Species Vulnerable
Ampedus sanguineus Extinct
Ampedus sanguinolentus Nationally Notable A
Ampedus tristis Vulnerable
Brachygonus ruficeps Endangered
Ischnodes sanguinicollis Nationally Notable A
Megapenthes lugens Priority Species Endangered
Procraerus tibialis Rare
Elater ferrugineus Endangered
Melanotus punctolineatus Priority Species Endangered
Fleutiauxellus maritimus Nationally Notable A
Negastrius pulchellus Vulnerable
Negastrius sabulicola Vulnerable
Oedostethus quadripustulatus Nationally Notable A
Cardiophorus asellus Nationally Notable B
Cardiophorus gramineus Extinct
Cardiophorus ruficollis Extinct
Cardiophorus vestigialis Vulnerable
Dicronychus equisetioides Vulnerable