Ecology

Associations

Animal / associate
Aeletes atomarius is associated with wood boring of Dorcus parallelipipedus

Foodplant / internal feeder
larva of Dorcus parallelipipedus feeds within dead or rotten wood of Fagus sylvatica

Foodplant / internal feeder
larva of Dorcus parallelipipedus feeds within dead or rotten wood of Fraxinus excelsior
Other: major host/prey

Plant / resting place / within
imago of Dorcus parallelipipedus may be found in spongy wood of Salix

Foodplant / internal feeder
larva of Dorcus parallelipipedus feeds within dead or rotten wood of Ulmus
Other: major host/prey

Plant / resting place / within
imago of Dorcus parallelipipedus may be found in spongy wood of Populus

Plant / resting place / within
imago of Dorcus parallelipipedus may be found in spongy wood of Fagus

Plant / resting place / within
imago of Dorcus parallelipipedus may be found in spongy wood of Broadleaved trees

Animal / associate
Plegaderus dissectus is associated with wood boring of Dorcus parallelipipedus

Animal / associate
imago of Saprosites mendax is associated with borings of Dorcus parallelipipedus

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Dorcus parallelipipedus

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Specimens with Barcodes: 8
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Dorcus parallelipipedus

Dorcus parallelipipedus, the lesser stag beetle, is a species of stag beetle found in Europe.

Both sexes resemble the female stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), though they are a uniformly blackish colour rather than having the chestnut brown wing covers of the larger species. Males have distinctly knobbed antennae, and although their jaws are somewhat larger than those of the females, they are nowhere near as large as those of many other male stag beetles. The lesser stag beetle is similar in appearance to the related antelope beetle (Dorcus parallelus) of North America.

Adults are from 18 to 32 mm (0.7 to 1.3 in) in length. Like those of other stag beetles, the white, C-shaped larvae feeds on wood. Adults as well as larvae are found in very soft decaying wood of broad-leaved trees, especially ash (Fraxinus excelsior), beech (Fagus sylvatica) and apple (Malus spp).

Adults are active in summer and disperse by flying, and sometimes coming to outside lights. This is a widespread species in most of England and is generally common (except in the far north), coming into gardens wherever there are orchards, old hedges or large trees.

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