Paussus Linne, 1775,

Aston, Paul, 2016, Catalogue and Bibliography of the Hong Kong Carabidae Latreille, 1802 (Coleoptera: Adephaga), with notes on the historic boundaries of Hong Kong as related to zoological collections, Zootaxa 4121 (3), pp. 201-257: 205-206

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http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4121.3.1

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scientific name

Paussus Linne, 1775
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Genus Paussus Linne, 1775 

Paussus bowringii Westwood, 1850 

Westwood described this species from specimens collected by Major Champion on Hong Kong island. Hua (2002) and Nagel (2003) list Hong Kong as its sole distribution, though probably has a wider distribution as far as Myanmar (Nagel, pers. comm.). I know of no other Hong Kong records of this species since the mid nineteenth century. Westwood (1852) quoted a letter from John Charles Bowring in Hong Kong "Mr. Bowring observes that all the three species were originally discovered by Major Champion on Victoria Peak, under stones in the nests of a minute species of ant, the whole being found in one morning, two specimens of one and three of another species being taken under the same stone; and on a subsequent occasion, while entomologizing on the same mountain with that gentleman, I was fortunate enough to capture a pair of the species named by him P. sinicus  , also in an ant's nest." However in a letter dated 29 th January 1852, John Bowring wrote "I have never met with any more Paussi since my return in 1848; they must be of rare occurrence indeed, as I keep a sharp look-out for them.'' (Anon, 1852).

Paussus hystrix Westwood, 1850 

Westwood described this species from specimens collected by Major Champion on Hong Kong island. I know of no other records locally, since the mid nineteenth century. Also listed for Hong Kong by Hua (2002) and Nagel (2003 & 2009). See comments on Westwood (1952) notes and Bowring's letter dated 29 th January 1852 under P. bowringii  above.

Paussus jousselinii Guérin-Méneville, 1836 

A synonym of this species, Paussus sinicus Westwood 1850  was described from a specimen collected by Major Champion on Hong Kong island. Again I know of no other records locally, since the mid nineteenth century. Listed for Hong Kong by Fowler (1912), Hua (2002) and Nagel (2009). See comments on Westwood (1952) notes and Bowring's letter dated 29 th January 1852 under P. bowringii  above.

Genus Stenorhopalus Wasmann, 1918 

Stenorhopalus apicalis Wasmann, 1922 

New record for Hong Kong. This distinctive eastern Chinese species was photographed by Roger Kendrick in a flower pot infested with a species of small ant, on the roof of his house in the Lam Tsuen valley in (2008). Determined from photograph by Peter Nagel (pers. comm.)

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Carabidae

Loc

Paussus Linne, 1775

Aston, Paul 2016
2016
Loc

Stenorhopalus apicalis

Wasmann 1922
1922
Loc

Stenorhopalus

Wasmann 1918
1918
Loc

Paussus bowringii

Westwood 1850
1850
Loc

Paussus hystrix

Westwood 1850
1850
Loc

Paussus sinicus

Westwood 1850
1850
Loc

Paussus jousselinii Guérin-Méneville, 1836

Guerin-Meneville 1836
1836