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Newly published "Unifying Systematics & Taxonomy of Nearctic Tiger Beetles"

by Duran & Gough is cited on BugGuide here and referenced at the post-2012 Nearctic Caraboidea Registry here. Nomenclatural changes now needed at BugGuide to comply with the latest taxonomy are as follows:

(1) Move genus Cylindera to new genus Parvindela with the exception of species viridisticta which is now in genus Brasiella.

(2) Move junior synonym Ellipsoptera rubicunda (Harris) to Ellipsoptera marutha Dow, the valid name still used in Duran & Gough (2019) and the second edition of "A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of United States & Canada" by Pearson et al. (2015).

(3) Change spelling Dromochorus "pruinina" to Dromochorus pruininus.

(4) Regarding the BugGuide pages Omus laevis LeConte and Omus sequoiarum Crotch, these two species were omitted from the 2nd edition of the field guide above which suggests that they might not be current valid names. Both were treated as junior synonyms of Omus californicus californicus Eschscholtz in the "Catalogue of the Tiger Beetles of Canada and the United States" by Freitag (1999).

Hopefully a BugGuide editor with page manipulating skill will bring tiger beetle taxonomy up to date.

Additional changes needed to comply with Pearson et al 2015:
Today I successfully updated several common Tiger Beetles names on BugGuide. Thinking it a debatable subject, I decided not to merge widespread variant "Cicindela nebraskana" with Cicindela longilabris as advocated by Pearson et al. Still intact are their previous common names "Prairie Long-lipped Tiger Beetle" and "Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle", respectively.

Not yet comfortable in species page manipulations, I would appreciate if someone experienced could make the following final changes that comply with Pearson et al. 2015:

Move amargosae, senilis, and willstoni from genus Cicindelidia to genus Cicindela. Thank you.

I moved the three species.

Thanks once again. A few final comments:
I updated the alphabetically-listed Tiger Beetle genera on the Carabidae Info Page. Now I think we're done with classification except for a few taxa mentioned in this thread that are open for opinions, specifically the status of Omus laevis, O. sequoiarum, Cicindela nebraskana. At this time I don't intend to update the various genus info pages on matters of species count, synonyms, new status, etc. I welcome others to finish those aspects.

There is much info under the Help tab above
But not everything can be found there. Mostly folks learn by doing. We did try to say specifically what needed to be done and would have been happy to answer questions on how that is done. We actually would have done some of the work ourselves, but usually wait to see some kind of consensus reached among the editors that work, for example here on Coleoptera.
For (4) above, we would say people have to decide how important those original species names are. Those BugGuide folks who work on Tiger beetles can say those other names were never that important and we should just move the images and forget about them. Or they can say that those earlier names were important and we want people who have links to them redirected to the new page. Then we ask John VanDyk to create the redirect and he alone deletes the old pages when he is finished.

Items 1 - 3 above are noncontroversial I felt
so I proceeded with the necessary page manipulations thinking I understood the process. Yes, item (4) is a matter in which tiger beetle people might have strong opinions on whether the alleged junior synonyms are distinct (valid) or not. Thank you John and Jane for directing me to the Help tab and for the previous support you've provided in changing the status of other carabid groups.

Once the coleopterist folk here decide this is what
they want to do:
(1) the viridisticta species page can just be tagged and moved to the genus Brasiella
then the Cylindera genus page can just be renamed - no moving required.

(2) the rubicunda species page just need to be renamed marutha - again no moving required.

(3) the pruinina page simply needs to be renamed pruininus

(4) the Omus changes will require more work if we want to lump all those species together since John VanDyk will have to create redirects for calls to those pages if people feel it is justified.

Finally once the changes are made, someone will have to go through the Info pages and see what corrections need to be made.

Please do not tag and move a bunch of images, create new pages and delete old ones. None of that is necessary to accomplish these changes.

Thanks. I handled (2) and (3) alright, but ...
I'm afraid I made a mess with (1). I tagged and moved one dozen viridsticta to Brasiella, where they automatically got renamed simply "Brasiella" instead of the expected species name "Brasiella viridisticta" associated with the common name "Pygmy Tiger Beetle". I must have missed a shortcut somewhere. I discovered no way to simply move the entire species page. Now there is a lot of work to correct matters that unfortunately now befuddles me. Discouraged, I did not proceed to change genus "Cylindera" to "Parvindela", common name "American Diminutive Tiger Beetles". I am simply not comfortable in reclassifying BugGuide pages. I definitely don't want to touch (4) because of the technical demands of page reorganization.

Cylindera renamed
I renamed Cylindera and changed the "taxonomic changes" section. Some of the other information on the page may need to be edited too. For example, the species count is likely different.

viridisticta page moved
I moved viridistcta. To move an entire species you need to use the taxonomy view, not the image view. You can pick up an entire species (genus, etc.) that way and move it to a new location.

I am so happy
that you, John F. Carr, were able to correct the mess I created under (1). Hence, my name "Messer" which too often turns true. I took one further step today by successfully changing the common name of Parvindela to "American Diminutive Tiger Beetles", at the same time inserting under the section "Other Common Names" the name "Rounded-thorax Tiger Beetles" that was associated with previous Cylindera. How would you proceed with the Omus situation under (4)?
I am wondering if precise step instructions for editors are posted on BugGuide for moving or renaming entire sets of images to new names. If so, I should have read that first. Thanks again for the rescue.


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