Biphyllus lunatus

Range & Status

Widespread over much of lowland England, but increasingly scarce in the west. Rare and threatened in central Europe.

Regional Distribution

Known from Fowey at the turn of the century (Clark, 1906) and re-discovered close by in Ethy Woods (Alexander, 1991a). Also recorded in 1990 from Little Petherick (Ian Hoare).

Habitat & Ecology

Breeds in King Alfred' s Cakes Daldinia concentrica brackets growing on old Ash Fraxinus excelsior and to a lesser extent Beech Fagus sylvatica and Horse-chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum trees in old pasture-woodlands.


Loss of older age classes of Ash trees.


Ethy Woods are owned by The National Trust.