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Saldula cf. palustris
Family: Saldidae

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
Saldula palustris
Adult: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Saldula palustris Saldula saltatoria
Adult: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock Adult detail showing fore tibia ©Tristan Bantock