Global patterns of tiger beetle species richness (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae): Their use in conservation planning

Fabio Cassola, David Pearson

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The total numbers of tiger beetles species known in 157 countries or subregions in the world are reported and updated, based on both published and unpublished information. Also reported are the numbers and rate of species endemic to each country and the species richness patterns (total surface in km2/number of species) of the individual countries considered. The most current publications providing new data or detailing the tiger beetles of a country or political region are provided as references. A comparison is made between the present rank order of the 30 countries with the highest number of recorded tiger beetle species and their rank order in 1992, as well as between currently known species numbers in each of the major biogeographical regions of the world and the numbers registered in 1992. These comparisons show considerable constancy in spatial patterns and reinforce the claim for taxonomic stability of tiger beetles and for their reliability for use, especially by non-scientific decision-makers in conservation policy and management plans. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-208
Number of pages12
JournalBiological Conservation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2000


  • Cicindelidae
  • Conservation
  • Species numbers
  • Taxonomic Stability
  • Tiger beetles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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