Franklinothrips megalops Trybom, 1912 : 147

Mound, Laurence A. & Reynaud, Philippe, 2005, Franklinothrips; a pantropical Thysanoptera genus of ant­mimicking obligate predators (Aeolothripidae), Zootaxa 864, pp. 1-16: 11

publication ID

10.5281/zenodo.170856

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:41E04BCD-C5F7-4974-B738-58C607EFD460

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/A928BC58-FFEC-FFF6-FEF4-FB6DB871806F

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scientific name

Franklinothrips megalops Trybom, 1912 : 147
status

 

Franklinothrips megalops Trybom, 1912: 147 

Described originally from Kenya in the synonymic genus Mitothrips  , the following three species are considered synonymous: F. a u re u s Moulton from South Africa, F. bischoffi Richter  from Tanzania, and F. myrmicaeformis Zanon  from Libya ( Pitkin & Mound, 1973; zur Strassen, 2003). This insect was observed commonly on trees in the gardens of the National Museum, Nairobi during August 1986. The females were not immediately recognised as Thysanoptera  but, due to their behaviour, were considered initially to be bethylid wasps. They were noted to run actively, between periods of palpating the leaf surface with their antennae. The species is widespread in Africa, and specimens [ SMFAbout SMF, BMNH] have been seen from the following countries: Spain, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Transvaal, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria and southern India  . As noted below, F. m e g a l o p s appears to be part of a cline across the Old World tropics that includes F. r a ro s a e in the Philippines and F. variegatus  in Australia, and the variation amongst museum specimens in the relationship of the head to the pronotum ( Fig. 9View FIGURES 1 – 11) is mentioned below under F. variegatus  .

SMF

Forschungsinstitut und Natur-Museum Senckenberg

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Thysanoptera

Family

Aeolothripidae

Genus

Franklinothrips

Loc

Franklinothrips megalops Trybom, 1912 : 147

Mound, Laurence A. & Reynaud, Philippe 2005

2005
Loc

Franklinothrips megalops

Trybom 1912: 147