Mystropomus sp., from here.

Belongs within: Conjunctae.
Contains: Arthropterus.

The Paussinae are a group of ground beetles including a number of species found in association with ants.

Characters (from Lawrence & Britton 1991): Clypeus narrower than distance between antennal sockets; mid coxal cavities open laterally; fore tibia with two terminal spurs, independent of antenna cleaner if latter is present; abdomen with six ventrites.

<==Paussinae [Isochaeta]
    |  i. s.: Mesarthropterus wasmanni (Reichensperger 1915) [=Arthropterus wasmanni] LM87
    |         Paussomorphus Raffray 1885 LM87
    |           |--*P. chevrolatii (Westwood 1852) [=Paussus chevrolatii] LM87
    |           `--P. australis (Blackburn 1891) [=Paussus australis] LM87
    |--Metrius [Metriini] MW15
    |--Paussini LB91
    |    |--Arthropterus LB91
    |    |--Megalopaussus Lea 1906 LB91, LM87
    |    |    `--*M. amplipennis Lea 1906 LM87
    |    `--Paussus A61
    |         |--P. flavicornis B35
    |         `--P. lineatus A61
    `--Mystropomus Chaudoir 1848 LM87 [Ozaenini LB91]
         |--*M. subcostatus Chaudoir 1848 LM87
         |    |--M. s. subcostatus LM87
         |    `--M. s. chaudoiri Castelnau 1867 LM87
         `--M. regularis Bänninger 1940 LM87
              |--M. r. regularis LM87
              `--M. r. laevis Darlington 1961 LM87

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A61] Andreae, H. 1961. Coleoptera: Cossyphodidae. In: Hanström, B., P. Brinck & G. Rudebeck (eds) South African Animal Life: Results of the Lund University Expedition in 1950–1951 vol. 8 pp. 198–216. Almqvist & Wiksell: Uppsala.

[B35] Boisduval, J. B. 1835. Voyage de Découvertes de l’Astrolabe. Exécuté par ordre du Roi, pendant les années 1826–1827–1828–1829, sous le commandement de M. J. Dumont d'Urville. Faune entomologique de l'océan Pacifique, avec l'illustration des insectes nouveaux recueillis pendant le voyage vol. 2. Coléoptères et autres ordres. J. Tastu: Paris.

[LB91] Lawrence, J. F., & E. B. Britton. 1991. Coleoptera (beetles). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers vol. 2 pp. 543–683. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[LM87] Lawrence, J. F., B. P. Moore, J. E. Pyke & T. A. Weir. 1987. Zoological Catalogue of Australia vol. 4. Coleoptera: Archostemata, Myxophaga and Adephaga. Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra.

[MW15] McKenna, D. D., A. L. Wild, K. Kanda, C. L. Bellamy, R. G. Beutel, M. S. Caterino, C. W. Farnum, D. C. Hawks, M. A. Ivie, M. L. Jameson, R. A. B. Leschen, A. E. Marvaldi, J. V. McHugh, A. F. Newton, J. A. Robertson, M. K. Thayer, M. F. Whiting, J. F. Lawrence, A. Ślipiński, D. R. Maddison & B. D. Farrell. 2015. The beetle tree of life reveals that Coleoptera survived end-Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution. Systematic Entomology 40 (4): 835–880.

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