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Chiricahua Pygmy Tiger - Brasiella viridisticta

Chiricahua Pygmy Tiger - Brasiella viridisticta
Cave Creek, Chiricahua Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
July 23, 2013
I don't remember the details, but Alice must have found this...I'm guessing in a grassy opening among the shrubs of the open woodland within the bottomlands of the canyon at Cave Creek. Perhaps she brought it to the vehicle to chill and photograph? Or maybe to show me, because she knew I'd be thrilled! I photographed it here on a perfect naturo-esthetic backdrop: the plastic bundling from a case of bottled coffee :-)

This interesting little tiger beetle keyed to, and was in excellent agreement with the descriptions of, Cicindela (Cylindera) viridistricta in PK&K(1), Rumpp (1977), and Bertholf (1979). It's also known as the Pygmy Tiger Beetle, and is among the smallest species in the U.S. tiger beetle fauna. In the U.S. it is only known from southeastern Arizona, but its range continues south into Mexico. A range map (U.S. portion only) and lots of other info can be found in the species discussion from PK&K(1), see this link.

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Moved from Pygmy Tiger Beetle.

 
This seems funky
Peter, I'm wondering what precipitated the move of this (and 6 other posts) from the species page for Cylindera viridisticta to the genus page for Brasiella?

I could find no explanation under any of the 7 moved posts...and all I could find on the info page for Brasiella (last updated Aug. 2015) was:

  "Formerly a subgenus of Cicindela, elevated to genus rank by Erwin and Pearson (2008)(1);

and...

  "now includes Cylindera viridisticta =v="


Is this now Brasiella viridisticta? Or was Cylindera viridisticta synonymized under some other species name? Usually when someone believes a new combination should be made at a level above species, the species itself doesn't simply disappear! ;-)

 
OK...now I understand
Just bumped into your forum post & accompanying comment here. Sorry you ran into difficulties with moving/renaming the posts :-/.

I saw in Duran & Gough(2019) that the new combination is indeed Brasiella viridisticta. I'll patiently await fixes for the guide pages & placements. Thanks for your efforts ;-)