Clivina fossor


Size 6 to 7 mm. This beetle is all dark brown with studded rows or lines running the length of its elytra. It has adaptations for a life underground. The tarsal segments on the front pair of legs are broadened for digging. This enables exploitation other food sources.

Identification difficulty

Diverse habitats, particularly pasture, arable land and gardens.

UK Status

Widespread and very common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 178 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map