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This genus is recognized by the characterstic shape of the pronotum, which is strongly constricted behind the middle. The sides of the pronotum are not thinned to produce keels.
P. luridus is distinguished from the much commoner P. fracticollis by the long pubescence on the pronotum and by the double row of spines on the front femur. The pronotum is also more square-shaped.
A very rare species inhabiting Sphagnum bogs, probably feeding on sedges. Known only from a small number of scattered sites in England and Wales, with a stronghold in the New Forest.
Adult: All year
Length 4.5-5.5 mm
|Adult: Hants (June 2011) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Hants (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: Hants (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock