Cicindela littoralis

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Cicindela (Calomera) littoralis[1]
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Cicindela (C.) littoralis subsp. littoralis
Scientific classification
C. (C.) littoralis
Binomial name
Cicindela (Calomera) littoralis
(Fabricius, 1787)
Subspecies[2][note 1]
  • C. l. afghana (Mandl, 1955)
  • C. l. aulicoides (Sahlberg, 1913)
  • C. l. conjunctaepustulata (Dokhtouroff, 1887)
  • C. l. fiorri (Grandi, 1906)
  • C. l. littoralis (Fabricius, 1787)
  • C. l. nemoralis (Olivier, 1790)
  • C. l. peipingensis (Mandl, 1934)
  • C. l. quadrapuncta (Rossi, 1790)
  • C. l. reductemaculata (Mandl, 1934
  • C. l. winkeri (Mandl, 1934
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Hunting behaviour on the shore of Lake Zakher, United Arab Emirates

Cicindela (Calomera) littoralis,[note 2] commonly known as the littoral tiger beetle,[3] is a species of Tiger Beetle found across the Palearctic realm, especially around the Mediterranean and Black seas.[4][5] One of its subspecies, Calomera littoralis nemoralis, was the first member of the Cicindelidae family to exhibit vegetarian feeding behaviour, having been observed feeding on maize and cooked pasta in large numbers.[6]

Notable subspecies[edit]

Cicindela (C.) littoralis nemoralis[edit]

Cicindela littoralis nemoralis is common in Southern Europe.[7]


  1. ^ Catalogue of Life. Cicindela (Calomera) littoralis COL Checklist 2022-10-20 doi:10.48580/dfqf
  2. ^ "Cicindela (Calomera) littoralis Fabricius 1787 names - Encyclopedia of Life". Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Littoral Tiger Beetle (Calomera littoralis)". iNaturalist. Retrieved 2022-11-27.
  4. ^ "Calomera littoralis (Fabricius, 1787)". Retrieved 2022-11-12.
  5. ^ Jaskuła, Radomir; Rewicz, Tomasz; Płóciennik, Mateusz; Grabowski, Michał (2016-07-19). "Pleistocene phylogeography and cryptic diversity of a tiger beetle, Calomera littoralis, in North-Eastern Mediterranean and Pontic regions inferred from mitochondrial COI gene sequences". PeerJ. 4: e2128. doi:10.7717/peerj.2128. ISSN 2167-8359. S2CID 16251768.
  6. ^ "Unexpected Vegetarian Feeding Behaviour of a Predatory Tiger Beetle Calomera littoralis nemoralis (Olivier, 1790) (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae)". Journal of the Entomological Research Society. 2013-04-03.
  7. ^ Zicha, Ondrej. "BioLib: Biological library". Retrieved 2022-11-15.


  1. ^ Subspecies listed here are based on EOL data; other taxonomic databases give different subspecies.
  2. ^ Genus Cicindela subgenus Calomera species littoralis.

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