Thanatophilus sinuatus


A greyish beetle measuring 10 to 14 mm. It has longitudinal ridges along the elytra and the pronotum has a rather mottled appearance.

Identification difficulty

Thanatophilus sinuatus is a carrion feeder and may be encountered anywhere that carrion is present.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Found on carrion and carcasses during the whole process of decomposition.

UK Status

Occasional in Britain with most records coming from the Midlands, East Anglia and the south east of England.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 18 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