Merothrips morgani Hood,

Ng, Y. F. & Mound, L. A., 2018, Merothripidae from Malaysia: Merothrips with one new species and two new species records, Zootaxa 4407 (3), pp. 447-450: 448-449

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Merothrips morgani Hood


Merothrips morgani Hood  ( Figs 5–6View FIGURES 1–6)

Male apterous. Body uniformly pale. Head longer than wide; eyes reduced; without ocelli; ocellar setae III long and setaceous; vertex largely eroded; fore legs enlarged with one stout tooth on the inner margin of femora; pronotum trapezoidal, with converging longitudinal lines medially, one pair of long posteroangular setae; mesosternum and metasternum endofurca with well developed spinula; mesonotum, metanotum and abdominal segments with smooth sculpture or a few very weak lines.

Comments. This species is known mainly from eastern North America (Mound & O’Neill 1974), although a few individuals have been recorded from Panama, Hawaii  , Australia and India, and a single male specimen is here recorded from Malaysia. In both sexes the pronotum bears strong lines of sculpture that form an hour-glass shape ( Fig. 5View FIGURES 1–6; see also Figs 8 & 10View FIGURES7–13 in Mound & O’Neill, 1974). In contrast, the sculpture lines of the new species described below are both considerably weaker and more extensive.

Specimens examined: Peninsular Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Templer Park , 1 male from fern, 3.viii.2012 (Ng, Y.F.)