Hoplandrothrips Hood, 1912

Hakimara, Mahsa, Minaei, Kambiz, Sadeghi, Saber & Mound, Laurence, 2019, Fungus-feeding thrips in Iran with a new species of Stictothrips (Thysanoptera Phlaeothripidae), Zootaxa 4652 (3), pp. 557-567 : 560

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Hoplandrothrips Hood


Hoplandrothrips Hood

This genus includes 117 species worldwide, presumably feeding and breeding on fungi on dead branches ( ThripsWiki 2019). More than 20 are described from North America, and Stannard (1968) provided a key to seven species from Illinois. Mound and Marullo (1996) provided a key to 18 Neotropical species, and Mound and Tree (2013) recorded 16 species from Australia. Two species of this genus are recorded from Iran. H. bidens Bagnall is common and widespread in the Palearctic region on dead branches ( Priesner 1964), and also reported from New Zealand ( Mound & Walker 1986). In Iran, H. bidens ( Fig. 3 View FIGURES 1–12 ) was recorded for the first time by Mortazawiha and Dern (1977) on the basis of two females and two males collected under the bark of trees infested by scolytids in central Iran. Subsequently it was reported from Shiraz, Fars province, on the basis of five females and five males on Prunus branches ( Minaei 2013). Although H. bidens is usually collected from branches, in the present study one male was collected from leaf litter. The second species of Hoplandrothrips recorded from Iran, the European H. hungaricus Priesner , is recorded only on the basis of one female collected on leaves of Malus domestica from Bojnourd region, Khorasan province ( Alavi & Kamali 2002; 2003).