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Salda muelleri
Family: Saldidae

This small genus comprises 3 relatively large, black shorebugs which have almost non-overlapping forewings. Care must be taken to separate the species.

S. muelleri
differs from the other species in that the wings are only slightly (and irregularly) punctate and without hairs, giving a rather shiny appearance. S. morio is almost always micropterous, with impunctate wings, whereas the wings of the more common S. littoralis are finely pubescent.

This species is found in fens in southeastern England, and upland peatbogs in Scotland and northern England, but is not common.


Adult: June-September
Length 5-7.5 mm
Salda muelleri
Adult female: Inverness-shire (September 2010) ©Joe Botting