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Species Account for Gymnosoma nitens

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Gymnosoma nitens  Meigen, 1824
Diptera: other groups: Tachinidae

Gymnosoma nitens

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Taxonomic group: flies (other) (Diptera: other groups) - County data

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Records: 120
First Record: 1994
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 8
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 8
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Gymnosoma nitens
Gymnosoma nitens

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Gymnosoma nitens is a parasite of the Nationally Scarce ground-dwelling shieldbug Sciocoris cursitans. This species is especially, but not exclusively, associated with chalk grassland and calcareous sand, and is always found on unshaded, well-drained and friable soils with a rather open vegetation structure and usually with a component of bare ground. Though believed to be phytophagous, there appear to be no certainly identified food plants, and it may be polyphagous. In Essex both species are known only from the Thames corridor. G. nitens has been recorded from a number of post-industrial sites along the East Thames Corridor, which forms its national stronghold (Harvey, 2002b). However the majority of sites are either already lost to development or under immense development threat and the status of the fly in Britain is vulnerable. References

Species text last edited on Sun Jul 13th 2008 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 87 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 2 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 65 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 120 records with habitat detail and method information)

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