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There is a single species in this myrmecophilous genus of Scarabaeidae (Cremastocheilini). Very little is known of the habitat and nothing of the life cycle of the enigmatic species in the genus Platysodes. However, they may be myrmecophilous since the mentum is extremely expanded and the maxillae are sclerotized. These are the same modifications that are seen in other species of Cremastocheilini that are myrmecophilous.

List of Platysodes and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution Notes
Platysodes formosanus Kobayashi, 1990 ants China, Taiwan, Thailand
Platysodes jansoni Arrow, 1910 ants India, Thailand, Vietnam
Platysodes madoni Bourgoin, 1923 arboreal ant nest China, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia
Platysodes sabatinellii Qui & Hu, 2020 ants Myanmar
Platysodes verlorenii Westwood, 1874 ants Borneo, Java, Thailand


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  • Bourgoin, A. Une variété nouvelle d'Eudicella morgani et un Platysodes nouveau. Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France :219-221. (1923).
  • Kobayashi, H. Four new Scarabaeid beetles from Taiwan. Elytra. Tokyo 18(1):73-81. (1990).
  • Qiu, Jian-Yue, Xu, Hao & Chen, Li, 2015, Review of the Oriental genus Platysodes Westwood (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Cremastocheilini) with a redescription of Platysodes madoni Bourgoin, Zootaxa 4021 (4), pp. 553-564: 555
  • Qiu, J.Y. & Xu, H. Further notes on the flower chafer genus Platysodes Westwood, 1873 with description of a new species from Himalaya. Zootaxa 4890(2):192-200. (2020).
  • Westwood, J.O. Thesaurus Entomologicus Oxoniensis; or, Illustrations of new, rare, and interesting insects, for the most part contained in the collections presented to the University of Oxford by the Rev. F. W. Hope. Oxford:1-204. (1874).