Ceratothripoides brunneus Bagnall

Mound, Laurence A. & Nickle, David A., 2009, The Old-World genus Ceratothripoides (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) with a new genus for related New-World species, Zootaxa 2230, pp. 57-63: 59

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Ceratothripoides brunneus Bagnall


Ceratothripoides brunneus Bagnall 

Ceratothripoides brunneus Bagnall, 1918 a: 201  Physothrips marshalli Bagnall, 1918 b: 66  Physothrips ventralis Hood, 1918: 116 

This species was described originally from a single female with deformed antennae. This female was collected at Aburi, Ghana, 15.xi. 1915, in Cola  shoots and buds. The syntypes of marshalli  were collected at this same locality, 30.x. 1915, from flowers of Hibiscus sinensis  . The original specimens of these two species have been re-examined and clearly represent the same species. Hood described ventralis  from “numerous specimens” in various flowers from Kamerun and Nigeria (Ibadan). Pitkin (1978) selected as Lectotype of ventralis  the female specimen that Hood had labeled as Holotype, and this was collected in Cameroon, 23 November 1915, from flowers of monkshood. This specimen lacks metanotal campaniform sensilla and the forewing clavus lacks a discal seta, but on tergite VIII the campaniform sensilla are posterior to the median setae. The first two character states indicate that, based on this Lectotype, the species ventralis  is correctly considered a synonym of brunneus  . The paralectotypes of ventralis  from Cameroon in the USNMAbout USNM are also identifiable as brunneus  , and of the 24 paralectotypes of ventralis  in the USNMAbout USNM from Nigeria that are mentioned by Pitkin (1978), 23 are also identifiable as brunneus  . However, one paralectotype from Nigeria, collected on Melia azederach  , is here identified as revelatus  , based on the two character states indicated in the key above, and a second paralectotype with identical data has also been studied (in BMNH) that also represents revelatus  . In the Senckenberg Museum Frankfurt there are two female and one male paratypes of ventralis  that were collected in Cameroon, and these represent brunneus  .

This species can be distinguished from other members of this genus by means of the characters in the key above, but the position of the paired campaniform sensilla on tergite VIII is not constant even in females, and in males these sensilla are often close to the posterior margin. Specimens of brunneus  have been examined from the following countries: Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Congo, Angola, and South Africa (in BMNH & SMFAbout SMF); Netherlands (in greenhouse) (in SMFAbout SMF); Puerto Rico and Peninsular Malaysia (in ANICAbout ANIC). This was one of the most common Thripidae  collected during a recent survey of crop thrips in Peninsular Malaysia ( Mound & Azidah, 2009). Two males have been studied (in ANICAbout ANIC) that were collected on Citrus at Maricao, Puerto Rico, “ 4.10.07 ”, and submitted for identification by Prof. Irma Cabrera.


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History


Forschungsinstitut und Natur-Museum Senckenberg


Australian National Insect Collection














Ceratothripoides brunneus Bagnall

Mound, Laurence A. & Nickle, David A. 2009


Ceratothripoides brunneus

Bagnall 1918: 201Bagnall 1918: 66Hood 1918: 116