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This is a myrmecophilous genus of Tenebrionidae with sixteen species. All are inquilines in the nests of ants.

List of Cossyphodes and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution Notes
Cossyphodes andraei Schwaller, 2013 ants South Africa
Cossyphodes angolanus Basilewsky, 1952 ants Angola
Cossyphodes arnoldi Brauns, 1925 ants Zimbabwe
Cossyphodes asiricus Schawaller, 2011 ants Saudi Arabia
Cossyphodes braunsi Andreae, 1961 ants South Africa
Cossyphodes caecus Schwaller, 2013 ants South Africa
Cossyphodes freudei Basilewsky, 1957 ants Namibia
Cossyphodes kundelunguensis Basilewsky, 1950 ants Congo
Cossyphodes machadoi Basilewsky, 1952 ants Angola
Cossyphodes mourgliai Ferrer, 1993 Messor ferreri Zambia
Cossyphodes naukluftensis Schwaller, 2013 ants Namibia
Cossyphodes raffrayi Gestro, 1874 ants Ethiopia, Tanzania, Yemen
Cossyphodes uviranus Basilwesky, 1951 ants Congo
Cossyphodes vandami Andreae, 1961 ants South Africa
Cossyphodes wasmanni Reichensperger, 1915 ants Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Cossyphodes wollastoni Westwood, 1851 ants Canary Islands, Madeira Island


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