This is the first assessment of the Red List status of Europe's saproxylic beetles, beetles that depend on decaying wood. This 2010 assessment evaluated a selection of 436 species present in Europe. This study shows us that nearly 11% of saproxylic beetles are threatened. Almost 14% of the assessed beetles (60 species) are thought to have significantly declining populations. Unfortunately, the drivers for these declines are mostly still in place. The loss and decline of their habitat poses the main threat, either in relation to logging and wood harvesting in forests or due to a general decline in veteran trees throughout the landscape.
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Nieto, A. and Alexander, K.N.A. 2010. European Red List of Saproxylic Beetles. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.