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This is a myrmecophilous genus of Staphylinidae with nine species. Most are assumed to be inquilines in the nests of ants. Their biology is relatively unknown and their relationships with ants is a mystery.

List of Papusus and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution Notes
Papusus andrewsi O'Keefe, 2003 ants Mexico
Papusus esparanza O'Keefe, 2003 ants Mexico
Papusus guilianii O'Keefe, 2003 ants Nevada
Papusus loebli O'Keefe, 2003 ants Mexico
Papusus macer Casey, 1897 ants
Papusus naranjus O'Keefe, 2003 ants Mexico
Papusus panamint O'Keefe, 2003 ants California
Papusus piceus O'Keefe, 2003 ants Utah
Papusus werneri O'Keefe, 2003 ants Mexico


  • O'Keefe, S.T. 2003: Revision of the Nearctic genus Papusus Casey (Coleoptera, Scydmaenidae). Memoirs on entomology international, 17: 257–309.