Contacyphon coarctatus


3.5 to 4.5mm. The entire body is usually shiny black or dark brown.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


Vegetation near water and in marshes.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Larvae develop among soil and organic detritus.

UK Status

Widespread and locally common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

UK Map