Geographical distribution and ecological history of tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) of the Indian subcontinent

David Pearson, K. Ghorpade

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Abstract

A combination of dispersal and vicariant events together with biotic and abiotic ecological factors are used to interpret present-day patterns of distribution and diversity. Within the single genus, Cicindela, 150 species occur on the subcontinent; all but 35 species in the subgenus Jansenia are interpreted as relatively recent arrivals from the Palaearctic (55%), China-Malaysia (32%) or Africa (9%). Endemism and unique ecological and habitat specialization are associated with the long-term presence of species of Jansenia, ancestors of which probably were present on the Greater Indian plate when it separated from Madagascar and Africa and rafted across the Tethys Sea to collide with the Asian mainland during the Oligocene 20 Ma BP. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-344
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biogeography
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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