Priesneria Bagnall,

Mound, Laurence A., Dang, Li-Hong & Tree, Desley J., 2013, Genera of fungivorous Phlaeothripinae (Thysanoptera) from dead branches and leaf-litter in Australia, Zootaxa 3681 (3), pp. 201-224: 216

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Priesneria Bagnall


Priesneria Bagnall 

This Australian genus of three Haplothripini species, P. kellyana  , P. longistylosa  and P. p e ro n i s, was reviewed by Mound & Minaei (2007). The two most common species are found on dead branches, and since they usually occur in low numbers they are possibly predatory rather than fungus-feeding.

Diagnosis. Small, usually apterous species; head usually longer than width; postocular setae usually developed; stylets subparallel medially, variable in length; antennae 8 -segmented, III with ring-like swelling near base, VIII usually broad basally, III with 0–2 sensoria, IV with 2–4; pronotum with 4 or 5 major setae, anteromarginals sometimes reduced; notopleural sutures complete; basantra developed; mesopraesternum transverse or eroded medially and divided into two lateral triangles; sternopleural sutures present or absent; fore tarsal tooth usually absent, sometimes with small tooth; fore wings, if developed, constricted medially, with duplicated cilia; pelta D-shaped, or trapezoidal; tergites II –VII each with 2 pairs of wing retaining setae in macroptera; tube shorter than head, anal setae about twice as long as tube; male sternite VIII without pore plate.