ParomaliniMichael S. Caterino
Species of Paromalini are small, poorly known histerids. Many in the New World tropics are associated with dead or dying wood. Many occur under bark or are associated with rotting cactus. Species of Carcinops are especially common in the latter situation, although one species, C. pumilio, prefers dung, and has proven useful in poultry houses to aid in fly control (Peck & Anderson, 1969).
Most species of this group are small (<4mm), slightly to extremely (Platylomalus) flattened, and brown to black (some Carcinops are metallic blue or green). They possess labral setae, outwardly arcuate antennal club annuli, and have a pronounced prosternal lobe which does not extend laterally to cover the antennal cavities, and which bears lateral notches which receive the large protibial spur when the legs are retracted.
Caterino, M. S., and A. P. Vogler. 2002. The phylogeny of the Histeroidea. Cladistics 18(4):394-415.
Peck, J. H., and J. R. Anderson. 1969. Arthropod predators of immature Diptera developing in poultry droppings in northern California. Part 1. Determination, seasonal abundance, and natural cohabitation with prey. Journal of Medical Entomology 6:163-167.
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