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Species Account for Pherbellia brunnipes

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Pherbellia brunnipes  (Meigen, 1838)
Diptera: other groups: Sciomyzidae

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National status: Scarce
Essex RDB: Listed

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This snail-killing fly has widely scattered records in England, Wales and Scotland, but is perhaps most frequent in highland areas of Scotland, Westmorland and also the Thames and Severn estuaries. It is widespread though local with about 40 known post 1960 sites. Formerly regarded as a rarity, the apparent increase probably marks an increase in recording levels in recent years (Falk 1991a). The status has been revised from RDB3 (Shirt 1987). A range of wetlands are used including fen, acid bog, dune slack, coastal levels, gravel pits and damp woods. Standing water may be a requirement. Larvae probably develop as parasitoids of aquatic pulmonate snails, though exact hosts are unknown. Ensure a range of vegetation types including ditches, ponds and their marginal vegetation using rotational management where necessary. Seasonally fluctuating water levels may be of importance (Falk, op. cit.). References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 3 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

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Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1 records with habitat detail and method information)

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