Mound, Laurence A., 2013, Species diversity in the Palaeotropical leaf-litter genus Apelaunothrips (Thysanoptera, Phlaeothripinae), Zootaxa 3741 (1), pp. 181-193 : 182-183

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Thysanoptera View in CoL taxa named by TN Ananthakrishnan

According to an extensive review by Bhatti (2004), TN Ananthakrishnan was responsible, between 1950 and 1980, for publishing 320 species-level names, of which 6 were at subspecies level. Unfortunately, as indicated by Dang et al. (2013), the collections in which the holotypes of these species have been deposited remain far from clear. Although Ananthakrishnan sold most of his slide-collection to the University of Minnesota, the curators at that museum have not found any slides labeled as holotype. However, during September 2013, Dr V. Ramamurthy of the Indian Institute of Agricultural Research very kindly produced an Excel spread sheet listing thrips taxa that are held in the major insect collection for which he is responsible, the National Pusa Collection, and from this it appears that holotypes of 101 Ananthakrishnan species are deposited in IARI, Delhi. Moreover, Dr Vikas Kumar kindly produced a list of 10 Ananthakrishnan species that are represented by holotypes in the Zoological Survey of India collection in Kolkata. Currently there is no information where the holotypes of the remaining 209 species might be deposited. Type specimens have not been traced of three of the four Ananthakrishnan species considered in this paper, Malacothrips lucidus, Stigmothrips bhowalii, and Philothrips indicus, although the holotype of Stigmothrips consimilis is in the IARI collection.

The following abbreviations are used: po—postocular seta; am—pronotal anteromarginal seta; aa—pronotal anteroangular seta; ml—pronotal midlateral seta; pa—pronotal posteroangular seta; epim—pronotal epimeral setae; S1—seta pair I on abdominal tergite IX (the setal pair nearest the mid-line); S2—seta pair II on abdominal tergite IX; S3—seta pair III on abdominal tergite IX.

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