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Species Account for Orthotylus rubidus

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Orthotylus rubidus  (Puton, 1874)
Heteroptera: Miridae

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National status: RDB3
Essex RDB: Listed

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Taxonomic group: true bugs (Heteroptera) - Part county data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
National trend: Probable decline

Species text
Orthotylus rubidus is a small red bug which feeds on glasswort Salicornia in non-tidal (or rarely tidal) saline areas, such as seepages behind sea walls and banks. Old records are of little use, because it was long thought conspecific with the widely distributed O. moncreaffi, which feeds on sea purslane Atriplex portaculoides along much of the Essex coast, and both were referred to under rubidus. Groves (1973) reports a record of the species being abundant at Stanford in 1938 (D.C. Thomas in litt. to W.E. China). Colonies of this species are often small and may be either temporary or very variable in size. Its rather specialised habitat makes this a vulnerable species, and it is probably declining (P. Kirby, pers. comm..). References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 2 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 1 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 4 records with habitat detail and method information)

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