Aliceathrips sorghi, Mound, Laurence A., 2011

Mound, Laurence A., 2011, Grass-dependent Thysanoptera of the family Thripidae from Australia, Zootaxa 3064, pp. 1-40: 12

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Aliceathrips sorghi


Aliceathrips sorghi   sp.n.

( Figs 17–18 View FIGURES 11 – 22 )

Female macroptera. Body and legs yellow, abdominal segments IX –X uniformly shaded light brown, fore femora weakly shaded on external margin; antennal segment I white, II light brown, III –IV pale with apex variably weakly shaded, V mainly light brown, VI –VIII brown; fore wings and major setae pale including median dorsal setae on IX. With the character states in the generic diagnosis; antennae 8 -segmented, III –IV with sensorium simple, III relatively short. Ocellar setae III at least 2.0 as long as an ocellus. Pronotal posteroangular setae almost 2.0 times as long as antennal segment III; prosternal ferna weakly continuous medially; metanotum with weak longitudinal sculpture; mesosternal anterior margin with about 8 setae; tergite IX median dorsal setae not stout, extending just beyond posterior margin, posterior pair I slightly shorter than pair II; X with median split complete; sternite II with 0–3 discal setae, III –VII with 5–9 discal setae, on VII relatively long ( Fig. 17 View FIGURES 11 – 22 )..

Measurements (holotype female in microns). Body length 1230. Head length 110; width across eyes 110; ocellar setae III 30. Pronotum, length 115; pa inner setae 55; pa outer setae 60. Fore wing length 530. Metanotal median setae 25. Tergite IX median dorsal setae 45; marginal setae S 1 100; S 2 110. Tergite X setae S 1 85. Antennal segments III –VIII length 30, 25, 30, 45, 8, 10.

Male macroptera. Smaller and paler than female; tergite IX with pair of short straight, setiform processes ( Fig. 18 View FIGURES 11 – 22 ); sternites III –V with transverse pore plate on antecostal area.

Material studied. Holotype female, Western Australia, Kununurra, from Sorghum   young plants, 26.ii. 2005 (LAM 4616).

Paratypes: 17 females, 6 males taken with holotype.

Comments. The females of this species have unusually short antennae, and the males have a pair of short, setiform processes on the posterior margin of the ninth tergite.