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Species Account for Poecilobothrus principalis

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Poecilobothrus principalis  (Loew, 1861)
Diptera: other groups: Dolichopodidae

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National status: Scarce

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Poecilobothrus principalis was given Nationally Scarce status in Falk (1991), but this was reduced to Local in Recorder 3 and it has been excluded from Falk & Crossley (2005) on the basis that it has now been recorded from 16 counties. The fly is found on coastal levels and saltmarshes, recorded from the south and east coast of Britain from Pembrokeshire to Lincolnshire with an isolated record from Durham. Adults are found beside brackish pools and ditches, but its larval biology is unknown, although they are probably semi-aquatic predators in brackish mud. References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 114 records with habitat information)

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

Structural Habitat Data (based on 81 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 32 records with habitat detail and method information)

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