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Selness, A.R. 1999. Tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) as an indicator taxon of environmental quality in Minnesota State Parks. Final report submitted to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Unpaged.


Invertebrate inventories are becoming increasingly important for making resource related management decisions in park lands. Insects seem to be especially well suited for use as indicators of habitat conditions. The family of tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) is an excellent indicator taxon for determining environmental quality and patterns of biodiversity because of its stable taxonomy, understood biology, its tendency to be specialized within a narrow habitat, and it patterns of species richness are highly correlated with those of other vertebrate and invertebrate taxa. This project was developed to inventory the tiger beetles found in three Minnesota State Parks, to determine their associated habitat type using CBS data and to discover if patterns of diversity between tiger beetles, terrestrial breeding birds and butterflies existed.

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