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|Saldula cf. palustris
This genus comprises 11 rather oval saldids which have an entirely dark pronotum and forewings which completely overlap. There are several very similar species which are often difficult to identify.
In S. palustris, the dark streak on the centre of the fore tibia is continuous with the dark base and the pale markings on the corium do not form a transverse band. Note that this species is almost indistinguishable from S. pallipes, which is usually associated with freshwater habitats.
S. palustris is primarily found on estuarine mudflats, where it can withstand tidal inundation, leading a partly subaquatic lifestyle.
Compare: S. saltatoria
Adult: All year
Length 4-4.5 mm
north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock||Adult
detail showing fore tibia ©Tristan