Deplorothrips Mound & Walker,

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: 209

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Deplorothrips Mound & Walker


Deplorothrips Mound & Walker 

Described for a single species from New Zealand, this genus now includes a further eight species from southeast Asia. No species has yet been described from Australia, but there are many specimens representing this genus in ANIC, collected from dead branches at localities widespread across eastern Australia ( Fig. 16View FIGURES 8 – 18). The New Zealand species was described as exhibiting remarkable inter-population variation, and species-level taxonomy in the genus remains difficult.

Diagnosis. Head as long as wide or longer, cheeks usually with at least one pair of small stout setae; postocular setae usually developed; stylets V-shaped, retracted scarcely or not at all anterior to occipital ridge; antennae 8 - segmented, VIII broad at base, often fused with VII, III with 3 sensoria, IV with 4 or rarely 3; pronotum usually with 4 pairs of major setae, anteromarginals usually reduced; notopleural sutures complete; basantra absent; mesopraesternum transverse; sternopleural sutures present; fore tarsal tooth present in both sexes; fore tibia usually with subapical tubercle in male; fore wings, if present, weakly constricted medially, duplicated cilia preent; pelta bell-shaped, or broader; tergites II –VII each with 2 pairs of wing-retaining setae in macroptera; tube shorter than head, anal setae about as long as tube; male sternites II –VII usually with reticulate areas, VIII with pair of pore plates, or one slender one.


Australian National Insect Collection