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Sunflower thrips

Scientific Name
Microcephalothrips abdominalis
Scientific Author
(Crawford DL, 1910)
Taxonomy
Thysanoptera, Terebrantia, Thripidae, Thripinae
Status
Exotic Species Establishment in Australia
Reliability
High
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Adult female
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Desley Tree DEEDI
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Diagnostic Notes
Female macropterous or micropterous with wings shorter than thorax width. Body brown, fore tibiae and tarsi paler; forewings brown. Head small, wider than long, two pairs of ocellar setae present, pair III small and anterolateral to ocellar triangle. Antennae 7-segmented; segments III–IV with small usually forked sensorium. Pronotum wider at posterior than anterior margin; two pairs of short posteroangular setae, five pairs of posteromarginal setae. Metanotal sculpture linear, campaniform sensilla present; median setae arise behind anterior margin. Forewing first vein with three setae on distal half, second vein with about seven setae. Tergites with craspedum of triangular lobes on posterior margins, discal area without sculpture; tergites V–VIII with paired ctenidia, on VIII posteromesad to spiracle; tergite VIII posteromarginal comb with slender microtrichia arising from broad bases. Sternites with two rows of discal setae, without craspeda.

Male similar but smaller and paler; tergites I–VIII posterior margin with craspedum of long triangular lobes; sternites with craspeda of triangular lobes, III–VII each with small circular pore plate.

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Specimen Contact
Desley Tree
Author
Desley Tree
Created
12/11/2010 02:14 AEST
Last Updated
12/11/2010 14:14 AEST
Citation
Desley Tree (2010) Sunflower thrips (Microcephalothrips abdominalis ) Updated on 11/12/2010 2:14:38 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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