Pseudanophthalmus tiresias Barr, 1959

Soothsayer cave beetle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: after 1956 (1960's or before)

Rediscovered in ?



Tennessee, USA


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Barr, T. C., Jr. (1959). New cave beetles (Carabidae, Trechini) from Tennessee and Kentucky. J. Tenn. Acad. Sci. 34:5-30.


Other references:

Arnett, Jr., Ross H., ed. 1983. Checklist of the Beetles of North and Central America and the West Indies. Flora and Fauna Publications, Gainesville, Florida. 24 P.

Barr, T. C., Jr. 1965. The Pseudanophthalmus of the Appalachian Valley (Coleoptera: Carabidae) American Midland Naturalist 73:41-72.

Barr, T. C., Jr. 1979. The taxonomy, distribution, and affinities of Neaphaenops, with Notes on associated species of Pseudanophthalmus (Coleoptera, Carabidae). American Museum Novitates no. 2682: 20 pp.

Barr, T. C., Jr. 1980. New species groups of Pseudanophthalmus from the central basin of Tennessee (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Trechinae). Brimleyana No. 3: pp. 85-96.

Barr, T. C., Jr. 1981. Pseudanophthalmus from Appalachian caves (Coleoptera: Carabidae): the engelhardti complex. Brimleyana 5:37-94.

Barr, T. C., Jr. 2004. A classification and checklist of the genus Pseudanophthalmus Jeannel: (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Trechinae). Special Publication of the Virginia Museum of Natural History No. 11. Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville, VA. 52 pp.

Barr, T. C. and S. B. Peck. 1965. Occurrence of a troglobitic Pseudanophthalmus outside of a cave (Coleoptera: Carabidae). American Midland Naturalist 73:73-74.

Elliott, William R. 1998. Conservation of the North American cave and karst biota. Elsevier Science Subterranean Biota (Ecosystems of the World Series).

Niemiller, Matthew L. et al. (2017). Rediscovery and conservation status of six short-range endemic Pseudanophthalmus cave beetles (Carabidae: Trechini). Insect Conservation and Diversity. DOI: 10.1111/icad.12263 [Abstract]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 2003. Candidate assessment and listing priority assignment form for Pseudanophthalmus colemanensis Barr, Coleman Cave beetle, Pseudanophthalmus fowlerae Barr, Fowler's Cave beetle, Pseudanophthalmus insularis Barr, Insular Cave beetle, Pseudanophthalmus tiresias Barr, Soothsayer Cave beetle, Pseudanophthalmus paulus Barr, Noblett's cave beetle. Unpublished document.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 2004. Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants: Review of species that are candidates or proposed for listing as endangered or threatened: Notice of Findings of Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions. Federal Register 69: 24876-24904 (04 May 2004).


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