Metistete pimeloides, copyright Cath B.

Belongs within: Alleculinae.

Metistete is an Australian genus of alleculine beetles. Most species have stomatiform punctures on the elytra though these are occasionally absent; those species lacking such punctures can be distinguished from the related Homotrysis by the maxillary palps (Matthews & Bouchard 2008).

Characters (from Matthews & Bouchard 2008): Length 8.4–24.0 mm. Generally fully winged, rarely females flightless. Head short. Eyes moderate to large, separated by two eye widths or less. Mandibles clearly bidentate. Apical maxillary palpomere more or less enlarged (more so in males) and scoop-like, with lower edge produced more than upper. Prothorax with complete lateral margin. Elytral surfaces rarely tuberculate, sometimes carinate, usually at least some punctures stomatiform (with thickened lateral edges resembling lips or sometimes tubercles) and containing a single very fine recumbent seta. Basal metatarsomere not widened.

<==Metistete Pascoe 1866 [incl. Lisa Haag-Rutenberg 1879]MB08
|--*M. gibbicollis (Newman 1838) [=Tanychilus gibbicollis; incl. Allecula melancholica Hope 1843]MB08
|--M. angustata (Macleay 1887) [=Hybrenia angustata]MB08
|--M. angusticollis (Carter 1928) [=Hybrenia angusticollis]MB08
|--M. arida (Blackburn 1895) [=Homotrysis arida; incl. H. callabonensis Blackburn 1895, H. sitiens Blackburn 1895]MB08
|--M. cisteloides Newm. 1838M86
|--M. clarki Carter 1920MB08
|--M. clermontia (Carter 1930) [=Hybrenia clermontia]MB08
|--M. costata (Haag-Rutenberg 1878) [=Allecula costata]MB08
|--M. costatipennis Champion 1895MB08
|--M. dentipes (Carter 1929) [=Hybrenia dentipes]MB08
|--M. doddi (Carter 1920) [=Homotrysis doddi]MB08
|--M. ebenina Carter 1915MB08
|--M. elongata (Macleay 1872) [=Allecula elongata]MB08
|--M. femorata (Carter 1915) [=Hybrenia femorata]MB08
|--M. grandis (Borchmann 1908) [=Homotrysis grandis]MB08
|--M. illidgei (Carter 1927) [=Hybrenia illidgei]MB08
|--M. incognita Blackburn 1896MB08
|--M. kershawi (Carter 1920) [=Homotrysis kershawi]MB08
|--M. laesicollis (Germar 1848) [=Adelphus laesicollis; incl. Allecula planicollis Macleay 1872]MB08
|--M. laticollis (Macleay 1887) [=Hybrenia laticollis]MB08
|--M. lindi Blackburn 1889MB08
|--M. nigricans (Hope 1843) [=Allecula nigricans]MB08
|--M. nitida (Blackburn 1891) [=Homotrysis nitida]MB08
|--M. nitidior (Carter 1915) [=Hybrenia nitidior]MB08
|--M. obscura (Borchmann 1908) [=Homotrysis obscura]MB08
|--M. occidentalis (Carter 1920) [=Hybrenia occidentalis]MB08
|--M. omophloides (Hope 1843) [=Allecula omophloides; incl. *Lisa singularis Haag-Rutenberg 1879]MB08
|--M. pascoei (Macleay 1872) [=Allecula pascoei non M. pascoei Macleay 1872 (not preoc. if in dif. gen.)]MB08
|--M. pilosa (Carter 1920) [=Hybrenia pilosa]MB08
|--M. pimeloides (Hope 1843) [=Allecula pimeloides; incl. Homotrysis princeps Blackburn 1891]MB08
|--M. planata (Carter 1915) [=Hybrenia planata]MB08
|--M. protibialis Carter 1920MB08
|--M. punctipennis (Macleay 1872) [=Allecula punctipennis]MB08
|--M. rufipilis (Carter 1928) [=Homotrysis rufipilis]MB08
|--M. rugicollis (Carter 1915) [=Hybrenia rugicollis]MB08
|--M. sublaevis (Macleay 1887) [=Hybrenia sublaevis]MB08
|--M. subopaca Carter 1922MB08
|--M. substriata (Carter 1926) [=Hybrenia substriata]MB08
|--M. subsulcata (Macleay 1872) [=Allecula subsulcata]MB08
|--M. tenebrioides (Blackburn 1891) [=Homotrysis tenebrioides]MB08
|--M. tibialis (Carter 1929) [=Hybrenia tibialis]MB08
|--M. torrida (Carter 1920) [=Hybrenia torrida]MB08
|--M. variolosa (Carter 1920) [=Homotrysis variolosa]MB08
|--M. vicina Carter 1920MB08
`--M. yeppoonensis (Carter 1928) [=Hybrenia yeppoonensis]MB08

*Type species of generic name indicated


[M86] Masters, G. 1886. Catalogue of the described Coleoptera of Australia. Part IV. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (2): 259–380.

[MB08] Matthews, E. G., & P. Bouchard. 2008. Tenebrionid Beetles of Australia: Descriptions of tribes, keys to genera, catalogue of species. Australian Biological Resources Study: Canberra.


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