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Lineatopaussus lineatus

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera (beetles) > Suborder: Adephaga > Family: Carabidae (ground beetles) > Subfamily: Paussinae

Falls in the subfamily Paussinae, which contains species that live in ants' nests. This particular species lives in nests of the ant Lepisiota capensis. Peringuey (1886) discusses various species of paussids found mainly in the Cape, including Paussus lineatus (now Lineatopaussus lineatus), which he confirms is only found in Acantholepis (now Lepisiota) capensis nests. He observed paussid adults feeding on the ant larvae: "I saw the Paussi deliberately seize the larvae between their jaws and devour them, using often their fore legs to hold the prey to the ground; they would abandon it when thoroughly mangled and begin with another".


Lineatopaussus lineatus (body length = 5.8 mm) in nest of the ant Lepisiota capensis under rock. Photographed in mesic mountain fynbos. [image H. Robertson, Iziko ©].



  • Péringuey, L. 1886. Notes on some coleopterous insects of the family Paussidae. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of London (1886), pp. xxxiv-xxxvii