Elateridae of the British Isles

Fleutiauxellus maritimus (Curtis, 1840)

Size – 4-6mm.

Description – A quite rounded species. Uniformly black or very dark brown over the head, pronotum and elytra. Strong rows of longitudinal pits are visible running the length of the elytra and densely scattered pits are obvious on the pronotum. The legs are predominantly black, with lighter brown tarsi. The antennae are black and are very long, especially in the male, extending a long way beyond the posterior margin of the pronotum and slightly shorter in the female.  

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Fleutiauxellus maritimus across Britain and Ireland.

British and Irish distribution of Fleutiauxellus maritimus (Curtis, 1840) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Tullie House Museum
  • Natural England
  • National Trust for Scotland (staff)
  • North East Scotland Biological Records Centre

Distribution – A rare species in Britain, the stronghold is Wales. Scattered other records from East Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Cumbria and throughout Scotland.