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There are six species in this myrmecophilous genus of Histeridae.

List of Mecistostethus and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution
Mecistostethus carltoni Caterino, Tishechin & Dégallier, 2012 ants Ecuador
Mecistostethus flechtmanni Caterino, Tishechin & Dégallier, 2012 ants Brazil
Mecistostethus loretoensis (Bruch, 1932) Pachycondyla striata Argentina, Brazil
Mecistostethus marseuli Caterino, Tishechin & Dégallier, 2012 ants French Guiana
Mecistostethus pilifer Marseul, 1870 ants Amazones
Mecistostethus seagorum Caterino, Tishechin & Dégallier, 2012 ants French Guiana


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  • Reichensperger A. Neue Beiträge zur Artenkenntnis und zur Lebensweise myrmekophiler Histeriden. Verh d III int Kongr Ent (Zürich). 1926;2:184–203.
  • Tishechkin, Alexey K., 2007: Phylogenetic Revision of the Genus Mesynodites (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Hetaeriinae) with Descriptions of New Tribes, Genera and Species. Sociobiology, vol. 49, no. 1. 1-167. - via Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
  • Tishechkin, A., Daniel J. C. Kronauer, and Christoph Von Beeren "Taxonomic Review and Natural History Notes of the Army Ant-Associated Beetle Genus Ecclisister Reichensperger (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Haeteriinae)," The Coleopterists Bulletin 71(2), 279-288, (27 June 2017).