David H. Kistner

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David Harold Kistner (1931–2021), American entomologist.

  • California State University Department of Biological Sciences Chico, CA 95929-0515 US

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  • Kistner, D.H. 1958. The Evolution of the Pygostenini (Coleoptera Staphylinidae). Annales du Musée Royal du Congo Belge. Sciences Zoologiques, 68: 1–198.


  • Kistner, D.H. 1961. Euaesthetinae (Coleoptera Polyphaga) Fam. Staphylinidae. Exploration du Parc National de la Garamba. Mission H. de Saeger, en collaboration avec P. Baert, G. Demoulin, I. Denisoff, J. Martin, M. Micha, A. Noirfalise, P. Schoemaker, G. Troupin et et J. Verschuren (1949–1952). Fascicule 21 (2): 11–40. Institut des Parcs Nationaux du Congo et du Ruanda-Urundi, Bruxelles.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1961. A new genus and species of Euaesthetinae from Chile (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Pan-Pacific entomologist 37(4): 216–220.





  • Kistner, D.H. 1968. Revision of the myrmecophilous species of the tribe Myrmedoniini. Part II. The genera Aenictonia and Anommatochara - their relationship and behavior. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 61(4): 971–986.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1968. Revision of the African species of the termitophilous tribe Corotocini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). I. A new genus and species from Ovamboland and its zoogeographic significance. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 76: 213–221.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1968. Revision of the African species of the termitophilous tribe Corotocini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) II. The genera Termitomimus Tragardh and Nasutimimus new genus and their relationships. Coleopterists bulletin 22(3): 65–93.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1968 [1967]. A revision of the myrmecophilous tribe Deremini. Part II: Additions and corrections to the Dorylopora complex (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Pan-Pacific entomologist 43: 274–284.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1968. A taxonomic revision of the termitophilous tribe Termitopaedini, with notes on behavior, systematics, and post-imaginal growth (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Miscellaneous Publications of the Entomological Society of America 6: 141–196.




  • Kistner, D.H. 1971. A new genus and species of termitophilous Staphylinidae associated with Havilanditermes in Sarawak. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 44: 35–40.
  • Pasteels, J.M. & Kistner, D.H. 1971. Revision of the termitophilous subfamily Trichopseniinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). II. The remainder of the genera with a representational study of the gland systems and a discussion of their relationships. Miscellaneous Publications of the Entomological Society of America 7: 351–399.



  • Kistner, D.H. 1973. A revision of the genus Dromanomma Wasmann, with a description of its behavior and the possible mechanisms integrating it into ant societies (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Coleopterists bulletin 27: 19–32.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1973. Termitophilous Staphylinidae from Angola (Coleoptera). Publicações Culturais da Companhia de Diamantes de Angola 86: 99–164.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1973. The termitophilous Staphylinidae associated with Grallatotermes in Africa; their taxonomy, behavior, and a survey of their glands of external secretion. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 66(1): 197–222.




  • Kistner, D.H. 1976. Revision of the termitophilous tribe Termitohospitini, IV. A new genus with Coptotermes from Sabah (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 2(1): 77–82.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1976. Revision and reclassification of the genus Goniusa Casey with a larval description and ant host records (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 2(1): 83–95.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1976. Notes on the behavior of the termitophilous Staphylinidae associated with Trinervitermes trineroides (Sjoestedt) or an explanation of the cover (Coleoptera; Isoptera: Termitidae, Nasutitermitinae). Sociobiology 2(1): 96–102.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1976. The natural history of the myrmecophilous tribe Pygostenini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Section 3. Behavior and food habits of the Pygostenini. Sociobiology 2(2): 171–188.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1976. A new species and a new record of termitophilous Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) associated with Fulleritermes Coaton in Rhodesia. Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa 39(1): 143–145.


  • Kistner, D.H. 1977. New records of Smectonia Patrizi with a redescription of the genus and notes on its behavior (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Zyrasini). Sociobiology 2(3): 217–225
  • Kistner, D.H. 1977. A revision of the myrmecophilous genus Anepipleuronia with a description of its behavior and epidermal glands. Sociobiology 2(3): 226–252.


  • Jacobson, H.R. & Kistner, D.H. 1979. In: Kistner, D. H. & H. R. Jacobson. Revision of the myrmecophilous tribe Deremini, III. The remainder of the genera with notes on behavior, ultrastructure, glands and phylogeny (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae).Sociobiology 3: 143-391.
  • Kistner, D.H. & Jacobson, H.R. 1979. Revision of the myrmecophilous tribe Deremini, III. The remainder of the genera with notes on behavior, ultrastructure, glands and phylogeny (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 3: 143-391.


  • Jacobson, H.R. & Kistner, D.H. 1981. A revision of the genus Homalodonia with a description of their behavior and relationships (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Zyrasini). Sociobiology 6: 185–209.
  • Kistner, D.H. & Jacobson, H.R. 1981. A revision of the genera Creodonia and Aulacocephalonia, with notes on their behavior and relationships (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 6(1): 61–100.
  • Kistner, D.H. & Akatsuka, J.T. 1981. A new genus and species of myrmecophilous Aleocharinae from Japan (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). Sociobiology Sociobiology 6: 179–184.
  • Kistner, D.H. & Spicer, R.M. 1981. The behavior and exocrine glands of Termitoides marginatus (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) with a re-description of the genus and species. Sociobiology 5(3): 215–247. Reference page


  • Kistner, D.H. & Jacobson, H.R., 1982. A Revision of the Genera Trichodonia, Gapia, Myrmechusina, and Myrmechusa (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) with an Analysis of their Relationships and Notes on Their Behavior. Sociobiology, 7: 73–128.



  • Kistner, D.H. 1985. A new genus and species of termitophilous Aleocharinae from mainland China associated with Coptotermes formosanus and its zoogeographic significance (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 10: 93–104.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1985. A new genus and species of termitophilous Aleocharinae from Australia associated with Nasutitermes eucalypti, with a discussion of its relationships (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae; Isoptera: Termitidae). Sociobiology 10: 121–126.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1985. In: Watson, J. A. L. & D. H. Kistner. Australoptochus phoreticus, a new genus and species of Termitogastrina (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae) from nests of the Australian termite, Nasutitermes graveolus (Isoptera: Termitidae) Sociobiology 11: 87–106.




  • Kistner, D.H. & Doty, J. 1988. A new genus and two new species of athetine staphylinids from the nests of Microcerotermes in Sulawesi and Brunei with a cladistic analysis of their relationships (Coleoptera; Isoptera, Termitidae). Sociobiology 14: 29–47.


  • Kistner, D.H. 1989. New genera and species of Aleocharinae associated with ants of the genus Leptogenys and their relationships (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae; Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 15: 299–323.


  • Kistner, D.H. 1990. Termitophilous and myrmecophilous Staphylinidae collected in Sierra Leone by W. Rossi (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae), pp. 155–164. In: Ricerche biologiche in Sierra Leone (Parte III). Problemi Attuali di Scienza e di Cultura; Quaderno 265: 155–164.
  • Kistner, D.H. & Jacobson, H.R. 1990. Cladistic analysis and taxonomic revision of the ecitophilous tribe Ecitocharini with studies of their behavior and evolution (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae). Sociobiology 17(3): 333–465.
  • Lawrence, J.F., Kistner, D.H. & Pasteels, J.M. 1990. A new genus and three new species of termitophilous Aderidae (Coleoptera) from Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, with notes on their biology. Invertebrate Taxonomy 4(3): 643–654. DOI: 10.1071/IT9900643 Paywall. Reference page


  • Jacobson, H.R. & Kistner, D.H. 1991. Cladistic study, taxonomic restructuring, and revision of the myrmecophilous tribe Leptanillophilini with comments on its evolution and host relationships (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae; Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 18(1): 1–150.
  • Kistner, D.H. & McNairn, M.J., 1991. A new genus and two new species of predacious Staphylinidae associated with Pheidolegeton in Sulawesi (Coleoptera: Aleocharinae) with notes on their behaviour. Sociobiology, 18(3): 305–321.


  • Jacobson, H.R. & Kistner, D.H. 1992. Cladistic Study, Taxonomic Restructuring, and Revision of the Myrmecophilous Tribe Crematoxenini with Comments on its Evolution and Host Relationships (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae; Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 20(2): 91–201.


  • Kistner, D.H. 1993. Cladistic analysis, taxonomic restructuring and revision of the Old World genera formerly classified as Dorylomimini with comments on the evolution and behaviour (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 22(2): 151–383.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1993. Some myrmecophiles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) associated with Megaponera foetens (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 23(1): 71–93.


  • Kistner, D.H. 1994 [1993]. A redescription of the genus Fonsechellus with a description of a new species from Brazil associated with Araujotermes (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Isoptera, Nasutitermitinae). Sociobiology 23(2): 199–209.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1994 [1993]. A new species of Drusilla from the Philippines that is predaceous upon Hospitalitermes (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae; Isoptera: Termitidae). Sociobiology 23(2): 183–188.



  • Disney, R.H.L.; Kistner, D.H., 1997: Revision of the Oriental Termitoxeniinae (Diptera: Phoridae). Sociobiology, 29: 1–118.
  • Kistner, D.H., Weissflog, A., Rościszewski, K. & Maschwitz, U., 1997: New species, new genera, and new records of myrmecophiles associated with army ants (Aenictus sp.) with the description of a new subtribe of Staphylinidae (Coleoptera; Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Sociobiology 29: 123–221.


  • Jacobson, H.R. & Kistner, D.H. 1998. A redescription of the myrmecophilous genus Tetradonia and a description of a new, closely related, free living genus Tetradonella (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 31(2): 151–279.


  • Jacobson, H.R. & Kistner, D.H. 1999. A new genus, new species and new records of termitophilous Corotocini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae) from Australia and the Orient with a discussion of their relationship to others in the Australian, New Guinean, and Indo-Malayan areas. Sociobiology 34: 323–385.
  • Kistner, D.H. 1999. Revision of the Perinthina of the Australian and Oriental regions (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae). Sociobiology 34: 267–321.
  • Kistner, D.H. & Newton, A.F. 1999. A new genus and species of termitophilous Osoriinae from Thailand (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with notes on its behavior and that of associated termitophiles. Sociobiology 34: 239–258.


  • Kistner, D.H. 2000. A new genus and species of a queen mimicking termitophile from Brazil (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 35: 191–195.
  • Kistner, D.H. 2000. A further new species of termitophilous Perinthina from Australia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 35: 373–377.


  • Kistner, D.H. 2001. Cladistic analysis and taxonomic revision of the termitophilous tribe Termitopaediini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with remarks on their evolution and behavior of some species. Sociobiology 38: 1–278.



  • Kistner, D.H. 2003: A new species of Myrmedonota from Papua-New Guinea with the first specific host record (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Lomechusini). Sociobiology 42(2) 2003: 519–532.
  • Kistner, D.H. 2003. A new species of Aleocharine Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) that is predaceous on termites (Isoptera: Termitidae). Sociobiology 42(3): 559–567.
  • Kistner, D.H., Berghoff S.M. & Maschwitz, U. 2003. Myrmecophilous Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) associated with Dorylus (Dichthadius) laevigatus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Malaysia with studies of their behavior. Sociobiology 41: 209–266.


  • Kistner, D.H. 2004. Revision of the subtribe Perinthina with behavioral notes and an analysis of the evolution of the genera (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae, Termitonanni). Sociobiology 43(1): 1–146.
  • Kistner, D.H. 2004. A new genus and species of Staphylinidae (Coleoptera: Aleocharinae) that is a probable myrmecophile. Sociobiology 44(1): 195–202.



  • Kistner, D.H. 2006. A review of some termitophiles from Peru, Ecuador and some other South American countries (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 47(2A): 581–662. Reference page
  • Kistner, D.H. 2006. Ecitocryptus kungae - A new species of Myrmecophile from Costa Rica (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 47(3): 677–685.


  • Kistner, D.H. 2007. Revision of the tribe Feldini with a review of their phylogeny based on cladistic analysis (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 50(3): 749–801.


  • Kistner, D.H., Maschwitz, U. & Witte, V. 2009. New records of aenictophiles including a new genus and species (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Sociobiology 53: 13–26.
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