Elateridae of the British Isles

Sub-fossil Elateridae

One species of sub-fossil Elaterid is described from Britain.

Porthmidius austriacus (Schrank, 1871) is known from the mid-Holocene (8000-3000 B.P.) from deposits found in Shropshire and is also known to have been present in Britain in the Neolithic age (6000-4000 B.P.). It’s larvae are known to be associated with decayed stumps of broadleaved tree species or with deep litter and humus layers on forest and woodland floors.

This species still occurs today on continental Europe.

Photo by V. Dusanek courtesy of www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera

Photo by V. Dusanek courtesy of www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera














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