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Species Cicindela ohlone - Ohlone Tiger Beetle

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Carabidae (Ground Beetles)
Subfamily Cicindelinae (Tiger Beetles)
Tribe Cicindelini (Flashy Tiger Beetles)
Genus Cicindela (Temperate Tiger Beetles)
Species ohlone (Ohlone Tiger Beetle)
Other Common Names
Ohlone Tiger Beetle
Pronunciation
"Oh-LO-nee"
Explanation of Names
The epithet "ohlone" refers to the tribal name of the native American people indigenous to the area where the species occurs.
(Randy Morgan had wanted to name this beetle in honor of Patricia Smith of the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum...but as he explains in this video the desired names were unavailable.)
Range
Very localized endemic of Santa Cruz County, California.
Habitat
Open hard-packed soils, with nearby grass used for cover. This habitat is typically provided by hiking & biking trails nowadays, and in earlier times presumably from impacts of other large mammals. (Perhaps pleistocene megafauna? At least that's one interesting hypothesis that's been put forward! For more details, see the magazine article cited below under "Internet References".)
Season
Late winter, early spring. This constitutes rather early, cool-weather, timing when compared to typical tiger beetle phenology.
Remarks
Federally listed endangered species. For details (including some interesting natural history) see this PDF from the US Fish & Wildlife Service's website.
The Ohlone Tiger Beetle was discovered and named by the late Randy Morgan...naturalist extraordinaire of Santa Cruz, California and cherished mentor and friend to many.
Print References
A New Species of Cicindela (Cicindela) (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelini) from Remnant Native Grassland in Santa Cruz County, California, by R. Freitag, D. H. Cavanaugh, and R. Morgan; The Coleopterists Bulletin, Vol. 47, No. 2 (Jun., 1993), pp. 113-120
Internet References
Local Santa Cruz magazine article about discovery, conservation issues, and natural history of Cicindela ohlone.
Holotype image from the Calif. Acad. of Sciences. (Once there, click the beetle images repeatedly to fully enlarge.)