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Melanotus (Melanotus) villosus (Fourcroy, 1785)

Elater erythropus Gmelin, 1789 - Fauna Europaea (2013)

Elater rufipes Herbst, 1784 - Fauna Europaea (2013)


Type status: Other material. Occurrence: recordedBy: Silvia Stefanelli ; individualCount: 13 ; lifeStage: adult; Taxon: taxonID:; scientificName: Melanotus villosus; order: Coleoptera; family: Elateridae; genus: Melanotus; Location: country: Italy ; stateProvince: Pavia; locality: SIC "Boschi Siro Negri e Moriano" - BN10 ; verbatimElevation: 76 m; verbatimCoordinates: 32T 504479E 5006332N; verbatimCoordinateSystem: UTM WGS 84; decimalLatitude: 45.210461 ; decimalLongitude: 9.057038 ; georeferencedBy: Silvia Stefanelli; georeferenceProtocol: GPS; Identification: identifiedBy: Giuseppe Platia; dateIdentified: 2011

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Least Concern ( European Environment Agency 2013 ).


Albania, Austria, Balearic Is., Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Britain I., Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, European Turkey, French mainland, Germany, Greek mainland, Hungary, Ireland, Italian mainland, Kaliningrad Region, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova Republic of, Northern Ireland, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Portuguese mainland, Romania, Russia Central, Russia East, Russia North, Russia Northwest, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, East Palaearctic, Near East, North Africa ( Fauna Europaea 2013 ).


The species is common and widespread. The larva develops mainly in rotted timber, but also in decaying wood. The adult flies after dark and is attracted to light ( Alexander 2002 ).


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