Ampedus lepidus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Coleoptera Elateridae

Scientific Name: Ampedus lepidus (Mäklin, 1876)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient (Regional assessment) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-05
Assessor(s): Hyvärinen, E., Tykarski, P., Putchkov, A. & Mannerkoski, I.
Reviewer(s): Alexander, K. & Nieto, A.

European regional assessment: listed as Data Deficient because no information is known about its abundance or trend in the European part of Russia.

EU 27 regional assessment: listed as Endangered (B2ab(iii)), because its Area of Occupancy is most likely less than 500 km², and based on known records its distribution is severely fragmented, and the area, extent and quality of its habitat is declining due to logging and inappropriate fire management.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in north-eastern Europe extending to the European region of Russia.

Countries occurrence:
Finland; Russian Federation (North European Russia, Northwest European Russia)
Additional data:
Range Map:157869-1

Population [top]


This species is a very rare species within eastern-most Finland. Fewer than ten specimens have been found in Finland, from four localities (E. Hyvärinen and I. Mannerkoski pers. comm. 2009).  The first record of the species in Finland is from the1920s and a few recent records have been found due to increased intensity of sampling (I. Mannerkoski pers. comm. 2009). There is no information about its distribution and abundance in Russia. No information is known about the trends of this species.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is an obligate saproxylic species. Based on the limited known records of this species, it is suspected to rely on old growth forests, particularly pine forests. One record has been found in a burned area so it is suspected that this may be a habitat preference or even requirement for the species.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Saproxylic Coleoptera tend to be popular with beetle collectors although trade is rarely an issue, the only exceptions being a few larger species of more dramatic form or colour.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

The suspected habitat type is known to be declining and predicted to continue declining due to logging and inappropriate fire management (E. Hyvärinen pers. comm. 2009).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

This species is considered as Endangered in Finland. Maintenance of fire-continue areas in eastern Finland can be beneficial for this species.

Citation: Hyvärinen, E., Tykarski, P., Putchkov, A. & Mannerkoski, I. 2010. Ampedus lepidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T157869A5163142. . Downloaded on 22 May 2018.
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