Cicindelidia floridana (Cartwright, 1939)

Miami scabrous tiger beetle, Floridan tiger beetle, Miami tiger beetle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Cicindela scabrosa floridana (Cartwright, 1939); Cicindelidia abdominalis floridana Cartwright, 1939; Cicindela abdominalis floridana Cartwright, 1939 (original combination); Cicindela floridana (Cartwright, 1939)


Conservation Status

Last Record: 1934 (Cartwright, 1939?)

Rediscovered in September 2007



Miami, Florida, USA


Biology & Ecology










Original Scientific Description:

Cartwright, O. L. (1939). Eleven new American Coleoptera (Scarabidae, Cicindelidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 32: 353-364.


Other references:

Beaton, Robert Gifford, Krotzer, R. Stephen and Holt, Brian D. (2021). Tiger Beetles of the Southeastern United States: A Field Guide. University of Alabama Press.

Bousquet, Yves. (2012). Catalogue of Geadephaga (Coleoptera, Adephaga) of America, north of Mexico. ZooKeys 245: 1-1722.

Brzoska, David, C. B. Knisley, and J. Slotten. (2011). Rediscovery of Cicindela scabrosa floridana Cartwright (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) and its elevation to species level. Insecta Mundi 162: 1-7.

Center for Biological Diversity, Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, South Florida Wildlands Association, Tropical Audubon Society, S. Koi, A. Sunshine, and C. C. Wirth. 2014. Emergency petition to list the Miami tiger beetle (Cicindela floridana) under the Endangered Species Act. Submitted to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, 11 December 2014.

Knisley, C. B. 2015. Species assessment of the Miami tiger beetle, Cicindelidia floridana. Revised report to the: South Florida Ecological Services Office. 6 June 2015.

Knisley, C. Barry and Brzoska, David. (2018). Habitat, Distribution, Biology, and Conservation of the Miami Tiger Beetle, Cicindelidia floridana (Cartwright) (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 72(1): 1-8.

Pearson, David L., Knisley, C. Barry, Duran, Daniel P. and Kazilek, Charles J. (2015). A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada: Identification, Natural History, and Distribution of the Cicindelinae. 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press. 328 pp. [Available from OUP]

David L. Pearson; C. Barry Knisley; Charles J. Kazilek. (2006). A field guide to the tiger beetles of the United States and Canada. New York: Oxford University Press. 227 pp.

US Fish and Wildlife Service. (2016). Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for the Miami Tiger Beetle (Cicindelidia floridana); Final Rule. Federal Register 81: 68985-69007.

Wirth, Christopher C. (2018). Determining Type Locality Habitat and Historic Land Use at Current Sites of the Miami Tiger Beetle, Cicindelidia floridana (Cartwright) (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 72(3): 427-432. [Abstract]


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