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Encyclopedia > Salt Creek tiger beetle
Salt Creek Tiger Beetle
Conservation status: Critical

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Adephaga
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Cicindelinae
Genus: Cicindela
Species: C. nevadica
Subspecies: C. n. lincolniana
Trinomial name
Cicindela nevadica lincolniana
(T. L. Casey, 1916)

The Salt Creek tiger beetle, Cicindela nevadica lincolniana, is a critically endangered subspecies of tiger beetle endemic to the saline wetlands of northern Lancaster County, Nebraska, adjacent to and immediately to the north of the city of Lincoln. It is a predatory insect, using its mandibles to catch other insects. The beetle is one of the rarest insects in North America; as of 2005, the total population is believed to be about 150 individuals. Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Phyla Porifera (sponges) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria Placozoa Subregnum Bilateria  Acoelomorpha  Orthonectida  Rhombozoa  Myxozoa  Superphylum Deuterostomia     Chordata (vertebrates, etc. ... Subphyla and Classes Subphylum Trilobitomorpha Trilobita - Trilobites (extinct) Subphylum Chelicerata Arachnida - Spiders, Scorpions, etc. ... Classes & Orders Subclass: Apterygota Orders Archaeognatha (Bristletails) Thysanura (Silverfish) Monura - extinct Subclass: Pterygota Orders Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Diaphanopteroidea - extinct Palaeodictyoptera - extinct Megasecoptera - extinct Archodonata - extinct Infraclass: Neoptera Orders Blattodea (cockroaches) Isoptera (termites) Mantodea (mantids) Dermaptera (earwigs) Plecoptera (stoneflies) Orthoptera (grasshoppers, etc) Phasmatodea (walking sticks) Embioptera (webspinners) Zoraptera... For other uses, see Beetle (disambiguation). ... Families Amphizoidae Carabidae Cicindelidae Dytiscidae Gyrinidae Haliplidae Noteridae Rhysodidae Adephaga is the second largest suborder in the Coleoptera order. ... Genera (see article, hundreds) in 14 Subfamilies The ground beetles are a large family (Carabidae) of common and widespread beetles. ... Genera Cicindela Megacephala Omus Amblycheila Manticora The tiger beetles are a large group of beetles known for their predatory habits. ... Trinomial nomenclature is a taxonomic naming system that extends the standard system of binomial nomenclature by adding a third taxon. ... 1916 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... The American bison numbered as few as 750 in 1890 due to extreme overhunting. ... Genera Cicindela Megacephala Omus Amblycheila Manticora The tiger beetles are a large group of beetles known for their predatory habits. ... In biology and ecology endemic means exclusively native to a place or biota, in contrast to cosmopolitan or one of various ways of being not native (e. ... Salinity is the saltiness or dissolved salt content of a body of water. ... A subtropical wetland in Florida, USA, with an endangered American Crocodile. ... Lancaster County is a county located in the state of Nebraska. ... Nickname: Star City Location in Nebraska Founded Incorporated 18671 1869  County Lancaster County Mayor Coleen Seng Area  - Total  - Water 195. ... World map showing North America (geographically) A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere, bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west by... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Physical description

The Salt Creek tiger beetle measures about 12 mm (0.5 in.) in length. The beetle has a metallic brown to dark olive green coloration, with a dark metallic green underside. Its body form and color pattern differs from other tiger beetle subspecies.

Life cycle

Little is known about the life cycle of the Salt Creek tiger beetle. Adults emerge around June 1 and disappear five or six weeks later; populations peak about two weeks after the beetles' initial emergence. After mating, the beetles lay eggs in sloping, muddy, saline soil.

Upon hatching, the larva constructs a burrow. The larva is a voracious feeder, capturing prey that wanders too close to the burrow. During the larval stage, the beetle will molt multiple times (the precise number is unknown, but most other tiger beetles have three larval stages). If a three-stage cycle does exist, it is likely that the Salt Creek tiger beetle spends over a year in the third larval stage. A larva (Latin; plural larvae) is a juvenile form of animal with indirect development, undergoing metamorphosis (for example, insects or amphibians). ...

The larva prepares for its pupation by digging a side chamber and sealing the burrow entrance. Chrysalis of Gulf Fritillary in Georgetown, South Carolina Pupation of Aglais urticae A pupa (plural: pupae or pupas) is the life stage of some insects undergoing transformation. ...


The beetle is found along the banks of Salt Creek and its tributaries and in the mud flats of saline marshes of northern Lancaster County. Its historical range is believed to have included similar habitat in extreme southern Saunders County. Much of this habitat has been degraded or destroyed by drainage of the salt marshes for agriculture or development and by runoff from surrounding farms and the city of Lincoln. In geography, a marsh is a type of wetland, featuring grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water. ... Saunders County is a county located in the state of Nebraska. ...


Interest in the Salt Creek tiger beetle began with surveys conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the mid-1980s. These surveys indicated that the beetle was quite rare; an in-depth study of the beetle began in 1991. The beetle was added to the Nebraska endangered species lists in the 1990s. On October 6, 2005, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the beetle as an endangered species under the federal Endangered Species Act. [1] The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a state-supported institution of higher learning located in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Often referred to as simply Nebraska or UNL, it is the flagship and largest campus of the University of Nebraska system. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... State nickname: Cornhusker State Other U.S. States Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Governor Dave Heineman (R) Senators Chuck Hagel (R) Ben Nelson (D) Official languages English Area 200,520 km² (16th)  - Land 199,099 km²  - Water 1,247 km² (0. ... // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in Leap years). ... 2005 (Roman: MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The USFWS logo The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is a unit of the United States Department of the Interior that is dedicated to managing and preserving wildlife. ... The Endangered Species Act (7 U.S.C. 136; 16 U.S.C. 460 et seq. ...

From 1991 to 2005, the number of sites containing Salt Creek tiger beetles has declined from six to three.


  • UNL Department of Entomology - Salt Creek Tiger Beetle
  • Salt Creek Tiger Beetle - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • F&WS endangered species listing press release



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