DhysorinaRoss T. Bell
This is a small subtribe of Rhysodini that contains three genera and about nine species. Dhysorina occur in the Southern Hemisphere. They are known from Africa (Dhysores), South America (Neodhysores), and New Zealand (Tangarona) but are absent from Australia and Madagascar.
A key to the genera is available here.
The head of Dhysorina has the frontal grooves absent to barely indicated. The internal cavity of the head opens by a pore in the occipital region. The minor setae of the outer antennal segments form subapical rings. The pronotum has paired basal impressions, each preceded by a discal striole. The elytron has seven striae. The middle and hind tibiae each have two small spurs.
Relationship of Dhysorina to Other Rhysodines
The rings of minor setae suggest a relationship with Omoglymmiina, Rhysodina, Medisorina, and Sloanoglymmiina. Further interpretation depends on whether the restricted, pore-like opening to the internal head cavity is a plesiomorphy or apomorphy. At present there is no decisive evidence on this point.
Bell, R. T. and J. R. Bell. 1978. Rhysodini of the World part I. A new classification of the tribe, and a synopsis of Omoglymmius subgenus Nitiglymmius, new subgenus (Coleoptera: Carabidae or Rhysodidae). Quaestiones Entomologicae 14: 43-88.
Bell, R. T. and J. R. Bell. 1979. Rhysodini of the World part II. Revisions of the smaller genera (Coleoptera: Carabidae or Rhysodidae). Quaestiones Entomologicae 15: 377-446.
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