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Cicindelinae of Sri Lanka: New record of the arboreal tiger beetle Tricondyla gounellei Horn, 1900

Authors:

Lakmini Abeywardhana,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences
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Chandima Dangalle ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences
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Yashas Mallawarachchi

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, LK
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Abstract

Information is provided on the newly recorded Tricondyla gounellei Horn, 1900, an arboreal tiger beetle, hitherto known only from Southern India, with this being its first from Sri Lanka. Following field surveys conducted from 2017 to 2019 in forty-one locations in the country, this species was recorded from two locations, namely, Vellankulam in Mannar district and Kirinda in Hambantota district. Tricondyla gounellei closely resembles Tricondyla granulifera Motschulsky, 1857 previously recorded from Sri Lanka. However, T. gounellei can be distinguished from T. granulifera by the smaller body size, short elytra that are less narrow in the middle and palpi with black terminal joints, which in T. granulifera is red.

How to Cite: Abeywardhana, L., Dangalle, C. and Mallawarachchi, Y., 2020. Cicindelinae of Sri Lanka: New record of the arboreal tiger beetle Tricondyla gounellei Horn, 1900. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 48(2).
Published on 21 Jul 2020.
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