Phaulothrips vuilleti Hood

Mound, Laurence A. & Tree, Desley J., 2013, Australian spore-feeding thrips of the genus Phaulothrips (Thysanoptera, Idolothripinae), Zootaxa 3608 (4), pp. 239-252 : 251

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Phaulothrips vuilleti Hood


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( Figs 20 View FIGURES 11 – 20 , 27, 28 View FIGURES 21 – 29 )

Phaulothrips vuilleti Hood, 1918: 147

Titanothrips portentosus Karny, 1924: 40 . Synonymised by Mound, 1974: 86

Although similar in structure to fuscus , this species seems to be well characterized by the shorter, broader, tube with convex margins ( Figs 27–28 View FIGURES 21 – 29 ), and the broadly expanded pale pre-ocellar setae ( Fig. 20 View FIGURES 11 – 20 ). The head and tube of the male holotype (in USNM) measure 590 and 400 microns, with a ratio of 0.69, and these measurements of the male of portentosus (in SMNH) are 680 and 360 microns with a ratio of 0.53. In a long series of specimens from Magnetic Island, Queensland, taken from a stem gall with an abandoned wasp nest, the ratio varied from 0.65 to 0.75. Most of the specimens studied are from northern Australia, but the species has been taken from Sandgate (Brisbane), also south of Sydney, and was recorded from Tanzania by Mound & Palmer (1983).

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