Margarinotus ventralis


Formerly known as Paralister carbonarius. Approx 6 mm long and 4 mm wide. This beetle has a rounded shape and is uniformly black with well separated lines of studded holes on the elytra. The shortened elytra leave two of the seven tergites exposed. The antennae are angled and clubbed.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats, but can be found in dung, carcases and decomposing fungi.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

Life History

The larvae and adult forms of Histeridae have been known to feed on dung, carrion, decomposing vegetation, other insects, larvae, and pupae.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in England.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 20 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