Kaszabister

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There are four species in this myrmecophilous genus of Histeridae. All are known inquilines from New World army ants. Kaszabister can be easily separated from other Neotropical Exosternini by its strongly carinate frontal stria; epipleural, subhumeral, and dorsal elytral striae 1 apically carinate and convergent to posterolateral corner; and narrow, edentate meso- and metatibiae which bear only a few small spine. The narrowly depressed lateral pronotal margin is also rare in other genera.

List of Kaszabister and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution Notes
Kaszabister barrigai Dégallier et al., 2012 Solenopsis Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay
Kaszabister carinatus (Lewis, 1888) ants Mexico
Kaszabister ferrugineus (Kirsch, 1873) Solenopsis saevissima Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay
Kaszabister rebellus (Erichson, 1834) Solenopsis Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay

REFERENCES

  • Erichson WF (1834) Uebersicht der Histeroides der Sammlung. Jahrbuch der Insekten-Kunde 1: 83-208
  • Kirsch T (1873) Beiträge zur Kenntniss der peruanischen Käferfauna auf Dr. Abenroth’s Sammlungen basiert. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 17: 121-152.
  • Lewis G (1888) Fam. Histeridae. In: Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Coleoptera, London, 182–244.