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Klícha M, Wiesner J. 2021. Taxonomic revision of Cosmodela duponti (Dejean), Cosmodela barmanica (Gestro), new status, and Cosmodela indica (Fleutiaux), new status (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae). Insecta Mundi 0879: 1–9.
Two subspecies of Cosmodela duponti (Dejean) (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) are elevated to species rank: Cosmodela barmanica (Gestro) and C. indica (Fleutiaux). The lectotypes of all the above-mentioned species are designated as well. Short redescriptions of the three species are provided together with a key, and illustrations of their habitus.
Cicindela duponti was described by Dejean (1826: 419) from specimens collected at the type locality, a former colony of French Indochina (Cochin China), now southern Vietnam. Gestro (1893: 360) described Cicindela barmanica as a variety of C. duponti based on different (purpurescent) shades of the elytral lateral and sutural bands of specimens, collected in Carin Cheba, in the Karen Hills of eastern Myanmar (formerly Burma), a mountainous region situated at the SW corner of Shan State and in Kayah State. Cicindela indica was described as a variety of C. duponti by Fleutiaux (1893: 490) based on blue-green specimens from Assam, India. Horn (1926: 179) treated barmanica and indica as color forms of C. duponti. Rivalier (1961: 128) transferred Cicindela duponti to the genus Cosmodela Rivalier, 1961. Naviaux and Pinratana (2004: 110) treated barmanica as a subspecies of duponti and indica as a synonym of duponti. Based on clear and recognizable features of colour, pubescence, and differences in the shape of aedeagus, we elevate barmanica and indica to species rank and thus divide the previously single species Cosmodela duponti into a complex of three independent but closely related species.