Predicting patterns of tiger beetle (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) species richness in northwestern south america

David Pearson, S. S. Carroll

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Species richness patterns of tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) were analyzed using a grid of 407 squares (137.5km per side) across northwestern South America (Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and western Brazil). Reliable data on species numbers were available for only 149 of the squares. Using a trend surface model (a model used to represent the mean of a spatial process by a polynomial function of spatial coordinates) as well as altitudinal relief and biogeographical influence for each square, we predicted the number of tiger beetle species likely to occur in intermediate squares for which no or unreliable data were available. The resultant spatial patterns of species richness were compared to similar analyses for temperate areas of North America. Intercontinental comparisons and a more complete pattern of species numbers in South America are useful in developing an understanding of general spatial patterns and in the environmental management of species richness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-136
Number of pages12
JournalStudies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Cicindelidae
  • South America
  • Spatial modeling
  • Species richness
  • Tiger beetles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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