Franklinothrips strasseni, Mound, Laurence A. & Reynaud, Philippe, 2005

Mound, Laurence A. & Reynaud, Philippe, 2005, Franklinothrips; a pantropical Thysanoptera genus of ant­mimicking obligate predators (Aeolothripidae), Zootaxa 864, pp. 1-16: 12-13

publication ID 10.5281/zenodo.170856

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Franklinothrips strasseni


Franklinothrips strasseni  sp.n.

Holotype female: Nepal, Kathmandu, 12.iv. 1976 (Baroni­Urbani & Wittmer) [Naturhistorisches Museum Basel]

Female: Body and legs dark brown, tarsi yellow ( Fig. 12View FIGURES 12 – 20); antennal segments III –IV clear yellow, remaining antennal segments brown; forewing pale at base anterior to second vein but with posterior area and jugal lobe shaded, a transverse dark band extends to first cross vein then the wing is dark posterior to second vein, extreme apex dark including apical ring vein (Fig. 23).

Head wider than long, cheeks rounded and recessed into prothorax, prolonged in front of eyes; diameter of posterior ocelli twice that of fore ocellus; vertex with 4 pairs of postocular setae, median pair longer than posterior ocellus; maxillary palp II 3.5 times longer than III. Antennae long (Fig. 31), segments III and IV with sensorium extending almost full length of segment. Pronotal posterior margin with stout transverse apodeme. Forewing clavus with 5 marginal setae. Abdominal tergite I narrow; tergal median setae small and wide apart; tergites VIII and IX subequal in length.

Measurements (holotype Ψ in microns)

Body length 3010. Head, length 260; width 330. Pronotum, length 250; width 350. Forewing, length 1500; maximum distal width 150. Antennal segments I –IX length: 50, 55, 480, 330, 100, 70, 50, 30, 15.

Comments: The head and pronotum of this species are similar to that of F. suzukii  ( Fig. 19View FIGURES 12 – 20), but antennal segment III is particularly elongate (Fig. 31), being almost one third as long as the forewing. The abdomen is uniformly dark ( Fig. 12View FIGURES 12 – 20), but is more constricted basally than in F. basseti  and F. lineatus  . As a result, the body form is intermediate between these more generalised species that are similar to Corynothripoides  , and the more extreme ant mimicking species.