Sophiothrips greensladei Mound & Walker, 1982

Mound, Laurence A. & Tree, Desley J., 2014, The minute, fungus-feeding species of Sophiothrips (Thysanoptera, Phlaeothripinae) from Australia and New Zealand, Zootaxa 3860 (2), pp. 184-194 : 187

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Sophiothrips greensladei Mound & Walker, 1982


Sophiothrips greensladei Mound & Walker, 1982 View in CoL

( Figs 3 View FIGURES 1–7 , 10 View FIGURES 8–13 , 24 View FIGURES 23–29 )

The original description was based on three females from Australia near Brisbane, with two non-paratype females from Canberra and Kangaroo Island as well as two females from North Island , New Zealand. The holotype is the only known macropterous individual, but one of the paratype apterae, also the non-paratype female from Canberra , are both discussed below under the new species postlei . Apterae of greensladei have been found widely in eastern Australia, between Cape Tribulation in northern Queensland and Tasmania, and also on Lord Howe Island . The males are similar to the females in colour and structure, with no fore tarsal tooth nor any other obvious secondary sexual character. In apterae, the pronotal posteroangular setae are minute, no longer than the pronotal discal setae ( Fig. 3 View FIGURES 1–7 ), both sexes have no fore tarsal tooth, and the pelta extends fully across the anterior margin of tergite II. The basal stem of antennal segment III is long and slender ( Fig. 10 View FIGURES 8–13 ), and sub-equal in length to the apical swollen part. The metanotum generally lacks sculpture or is only weakly reticulate, and tergite IX setal pair S1 is almost as long as the basal width of the tube. The tube lacks any reticulation, but has weakly defined longitudinal furrows ( Fig. 24 View FIGURES 23–29 ) .

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