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There are four species in this myrmecophilous genus of Histeridae. All are known inquilines from New World army ants.

  • Nymphister asking for a ride!
List of Nymphister and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution Notes
Nymphister kronaueri von Beeren & Tishechkin, 2017 Eciton mexicanum Costa Rica
Nymphister monotonus (Reichensperger, 1938) Eciton hamatum Costa Rica
Nymphister rettenmeyeri Tishechkin and Mercado Cárdenas, 2012 Eciton burchellii, Eciton hamatum, Eciton mexicanum Costa Rica, Panama
Nymphister simplicissimus Reichensperger, 1933 Eciton burchellii, Eciton hamatum, Eciton mexicanum Costa Rica


  • Reichensberger A. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Myrmekophylen- und Termitophilenfauna Brasiliens und Costa Ricas v. (Col. Hist., Staph.). Revista de Entomologia (Rio de Janeiro). 1938;9:74–97
  • Tishechkin, A.K. (2007) Phylogenetic revision of the genus Mesynodites Reichardt, 1924 (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Hetaeriinae) with description of new tribes, genera and species. Sociobiology, 47, 1–167.