New York Natural Heritage Program
Appalachian Tiger Beetle
Cicindela ancocisconensis T.W. Harris, 1852

Threats [-]
Alteration of natural flooding regimes, primarily due to construction of dams, is probably the primary threat to this species (Knisley and Schultz 1997, New York Natural Heritage Program 2006). Dams will inundate cobble bar habitat upstream of the dam while the natural flooding regime is altered downstream of the dam. When natural flooding regimes are altered, cobble bars become overgrown with dense herbaceous and shrub vegtation becoming unsuitable for the beetles. Gravel mining of cobble bars is also a major threat in some regions of the state. Off road vehicle use of cobble bars can destroy larval habitat and has been noted as a threat both in the literature and during on site surveys in western New York (New York Natural Heritage Program 2006). Removal of riparian forest cover is also a possible threat.

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Maintenance of natural flooding regimes and streamside riparian vegetation is desirable in watersheds where this species occurs. Minimizing off road vehicle use of cobble bar habitats should reduce or prevent the loss of occupied habitats or areas that might otherwise be suitable for occupation.

Research Needs [-]
A better understanding of the habitat requirements of this species, especially larval habitat requirements, as well as study of dispersal capabilities, would provide information useful in ensuring its conservation.