Vatesus

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This is a myrmecophilous genus of Staphylinidae with twenty seven 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 Vatesus and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution Notes
Vatesus amapaensis Borgmeier, 1961 ants Brazil
Vatesus argentinus (Bruch, 1932) ants Argentina, Brazil
Vatesus berghoffae Kistner, 2006 Cheliomyrmex morosus Panama
Vatesus brasiliensis Seevers, 1958 ants Brazil
Vatesus brevicornis (Wasmann, 1925) ants Brazil
Vatesus cincinnati Borgmeier, 1961 ants Brazil
Vatesus clypeatus (Wasmann, 1887) ants Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama
Vatesus gemellus Borgmeier, 1961 ants Brazil
Vatesus gigas (Wasmann, 1909) ants Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica
Vatesus goeldii (Wasmann, 1900) ants Brazil, Peru
Vatesus goianus Borgmeier, 1961 ants Brazil, Costa Rica
Vatesus gracilis Borgmeier, 1961 ants Brazil
Vatesus latitans Sharp, 1876 ants Brazil
Vatesus limulus (Wasmann, 1900) ants Brazil
Vatesus lucidus (Mann, 1926) ants Costa Rica
Vatesus mexicanus (Bernhauer, 1917) ants Mexico
Vatesus paraguayensis Seevers, 1958 ants Paraguay
Vatesus perplexus Borgmeier, 1961 ants Brazil
Vatesus praedatorius Seevers, 1958 ants
Vatesus punctipennis (Bernhauer, 1917) ants Brazil
Vatesus rettenmeyeri Seevers, 1958 ants Brazil, Panama
Vatesus rufus (Wasmann, 1909) ants Brazil
Vatesus schneirlai Seevers, 1958 ants Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama
Vatesus schuppii (Wasmann, 1890) ants Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay
Vatesus simulans Borgmeier, 1961 ants Brazil
Vatesus splendidus (Wasmann, 1925) ants Brazil
Vatesus trilobita (Wasmann, 1894) ants Brazil, Paraguay


REFERENCES

  • Borgmeier, T. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der ecitophilen Staphyliniden-Gattung Vatesus Sharp, nebst Beschreibung von sieben neuen Arten (Col. Staphylinidae). Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, 33 (2): 189-208. (1961).
  • Bruch, C. Algunos estafilínidos de Misiones (Coleoptera). Physis [Buenos Aires], 11 (38): 1-8. (1932).
  • Kistner, D. H. In: Kistner, D. H. & S. M. Berghoff. First species of Vatesus captured with Cheliomyrmex (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology, 48 (2): 385-394. (2006).
  • Mann, W. M. Guests of Eciton hamatum (Fab.) collected by Professor W. M. Wheeler. Psyche, 32 (3): 166-177. (1925).
  • Seevers, C. H. A revision of the Vatesini, a tribe of Neotropical myrmecophiles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, 8: 181-202. (1958).
  • Wasmann, E. Die Ameisenmimikry; ein exakter Beitrag zum Mimikryproblem und zur Theorie der Anpassung. Abhandlungen zur Theoretischen Biologie, 19: i-xii, 1-164, pls. 1-3. (1925).