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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. fracticollis is distinguished from the very rare P. luridus by the short and inconspicuous pubescence on the pronotum and by the single row of spines on the front femur. The pronotum is also more elongate in shape.
Distributed locally and patchily across England and Wales, inhabiting bogs, fens and wet heathland, frequently in association with cotton grass, bog myrtle and various sedges.
Adult: All year
Length 4.5-5.5 mm
|Adult: south Wales (May 2009) ©Barry Stewart
|Adult: mid Wales (September 2008) ©Joe Botting
||Adult: north Wales (June 2011) ©Tristan Bantock