Aliceathrips mnestes, Mound, Laurence A., 2011

Mound, Laurence A., 2011, Grass-dependent Thysanoptera of the family Thripidae from Australia, Zootaxa 3064, pp. 1-40: 11

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.200567

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/F81587F0-FFAF-7665-FF40-FF3CFB1B6EC9

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Plazi

scientific name

Aliceathrips mnestes
status

sp.n.

Aliceathrips mnestes   sp.n.

( Figs 9–16 View FIGURES 1 – 10 View FIGURES 11 – 22 )

Female macroptera. Body and legs yellow, fore femora external margins shaded brown, abdominal segments IX –X brownish yellow but particularly shaded near posterior margins; antennal segment I white, II brown, III pale with extreme apex shaded, IV –V pale with apical quarter light brown, VI –VIII brown; fore wings and all major setae pale. With the character states in the generic diagnosis; antennae 7 -segmented ( Fig. 16 View FIGURES 11 – 22 ), III –IV with sensorium simple. Ocellar setae III 1.0–1.5 as long as an ocellus ( Fig. 9 View FIGURES 1 – 10 ); metanotum weakly reticulate medially, median setae varying in distance from anterior margin ( Fig. 13 View FIGURES 11 – 22 ); mesosternal anterior margin with about 6 setae; tergite IX median dorsal setae slightly stouter than posterior setae and extending just beyond tergal posterior margin ( Fig. 15 View FIGURES 11 – 22 ), posterior setal pair I shorter than pair II; X with median split incomplete; sternite II with 1–3 discal setae, III –VII with 5–9 discal setae ( Fig. 10 View FIGURES 1 – 10 ).

Measurements (holotype female in microns). Body length 1280. Head length 135; width across eyes 135; ocellar setae III 20. Pronotum, length 110; maximum width 135; pa inner setae 25; pa outer setae 30. Fore wing length 550. Metanotal median setae 12. Tergite IX median dorsal setae 45; marginal setae S 1 75; S 2 125. Tergite X setae S 1 115. Antennal segments III –VII length 40, 35, 35, 45, 20.

Male macroptera. Smaller and paler than female; tergite IX with pair of elongate curved processes ( Figs 11, 12 View FIGURES 11 – 22 ); sternites with no pore plates.

Material studied. Holotype female, Northern Territory, 70km south of Darwin, Litchfield Park, from grasses, 31.xii. 1995 (LAM 2941).

Paratypes: 11 females, 2 males taken with holotype; same locality, 14 females from grass by pool, 26.xii. 1996. Queensland, Badu Island, 1 female, 1 male, 18.xi. 2009.

Comments. The females of this species are closely similar to those of A. australiensis   , but the antennae are 7 - segmented and the males have a unique pair of processes on the posterior margin of tergite IX.

Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum

Tracheophyta

Class

Liliopsida

Order

Poales

Family

Poaceae

Genus

Aliceathrips