Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle (Cicindela albissima)
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle is an insect in the family Cicindelidae. Adult CPSD tiger beetles are 10.5 to 12.0 mm(0.41-0.47”) long and 4.4. to 4.7 mm (0.17-0.19”) wide. Female CPSD tiger beetles are larger than the males. The thorax is a brown to dull bronze color. The head is bright green to bronze. The elytra (wing casings) exhibit greatly reduced pigmentation and are a dull white color.
- States/US Territories in which the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle is known to or is believed to occur: Utah
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|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6)|
» Candidate Information
Former Candidate Status
» Action Plans
|Coral Pink sand dunes tiger beetle action plan|
» Conservation Plans
|HCP Plan Summaries|
|Smead Manufacturing Company|
|10/26/2011||76 FR 66370 66439||Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions|
|09/15/1994||59 FR 47293 47294||ETWP; 90-Day Finding for a Petition to List the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle as Endangered and Designate Critical Habitat|
» Life History
The CPSD tiger beetle is known to occur only in dunes located approximately 7 miles west of Kanab, Kane County, in south central Utah. The Coral Pink Sand Dunes (CPSD) geologic feature covers approximately 3500 acres. Species range comprises approximately 20% of the dune field in a patchy distribution.
The primary food of adults is invertebrates including flies and other dune arthropods. Long, sickle shaped mandibles are used capture and process both fresh and scavenged prey. Adults are often observed scavenging on dead invertebrates blown out from the swales.
Adults emerge or larval stages in March and become active along with newly eclosed adults. Adult populations reach peak abundance by mid-April to early May, decline through June and mostly disappear by July. Mating and egg laying occurs during this period. First instar larvae begin to appear in late spring after hatching form eggs laid by the adults. Development progresses quickly through the first stage, usually reached by late May to June. During mid-summer most of the larvae reach the second instar stage. Larvae continue as second or third instars into fall, and then hibernate. They continue development for the next year and generally become new adults by the end of the second summer or third spring, usually exhibiting a two year life cycle. Lack of proper conditions can lead to delays in development and a three year life cycle.
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