Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora salinella

Coleophora salinella Stainton, 1859

sea-purslane case-bearer

Coleophora salinella case

Halimione portulacoides, Texel, de Cocksdorp


Full grown larva in an almost smooth, greyish-brown, trivalved, tubular silken case of c. 6 mm and a mouth angle of 30-45°.

host plants

Amaranthaceae, oligophagous

Atriplex littoralis, patula, prostrata; Halimione portulacoides.


The larvae are active from September to October, when they are full-fed; they hibernate and pupate in June – July (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (De Prins, 2008b).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Britain and the Ukraine to the Iberian Peninsula, Sicily, and Cyprus (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Emmet ao (1996a).


Only in salt marshes.

It is astonishing that the species is not mentioned in many of the more important publications on Coleophoridae (Toll, 1952a; Hering, 1957a; Suire, 1961a; Toll, 1962a; Patzak, 1974a; Razowski, 1990). It cannot but imply that salinella in the past has been confused with other species.


Baldizzone (1996a), Baldizzone, Bella & Russo (1999a), Baldizzone & Nel (1994b), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Baldizone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), De Prins (2008b), Schütze (1931a).

Last modified 5.viii.2019