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Tiger Beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelinae) of Mainit Hotspring and Mati Protected Landscape, Mindanao with Notes on their Ecology and Threats

Author Affiliations

  • 1College of Arts and Sciences, University of Mindanao, Davao City, Philippines
  • 2Dresdener Ring 11, D-38444 Wolfsburg, Germany

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 5, Issue (9), Pages 16-21, September,10 (2016)

Abstract

A rapid survey of tiger beetles was conducted in two protected landscapes of Region XI (Davao Region) namely MainitHotspring Protected Landscape (MHSPL) and Mati Protected Landscape (MPL) on June to July of 2016. Eight (8) species of tiger beetles were recorded in the two landscapes where six (6) species were recorded from MHSPL while four (4) species were recorded from MPL. A total of five (62.5%) endemic species were recorded of which 3 (60%) are Philippine endemic while 2 (40%) are endemic to Mindanao. Two species namely Heptodonta lumawigi and Cylindera (Eugrapha) excisa were first provincial records in Compostela Valley raising its tiger beetle fauna from twelve (12) to fourteen (14). Ecologic data was also presented for the species as well as the threats that they experience in both protected landscapes. This provides the baseline data of tiger beetles for both protected landscapes. Conservation should be conducted to the tiger beetles especially the rare and endemic ones in MHSPL and MPL. Strengthened implementation of protection in both protected landscapes against mining, illegal logging, slash and burn farming and human settlements should also be done.

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