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Species Account for Campsicnemus magius

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Campsicnemus magius  (Loew, 1845)
Fancy-legged fly
Diptera: other groups: Dolichopodidae

Campsicnemus magius

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National status: RDB3
BAP status: UKBAP  

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Campsicnemus magius
Campsicnemus magius

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Taxonomic group: flies (other) (Diptera: other groups) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
Recorded from 4 out of 57x10km.sq. records in county

Species text
Campsicnemus magius is a small dolichopodid fly in which the front legs of the male are strongly ornamented with processes and bristles which give the appearance of additional legs. It is given Near Threatened status in a recently published national status review (Falk & Crossley, 2005) and is also a new UKBAP species. Most records are from the Thames Estuary. The fly occurs on bare mud in coastal levels and upper saltmarsh where there is an intermediate level of salinity and does not normally occur on the tidal parts of a saltmarsh. The larval biology is unknown, but it is probably a semi-aquatic predator in mud. Adults are found skimming across areas of gently shelving bare mud. References

Species text last edited on Tue Nov 27th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 10 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 4 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 3 records with habitat detail and method information)

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