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South African Citrus Thrips

Scientific Name
Scirtothrips aurantii
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Thysanoptera, Terebrantia, Thripidae, Thripinae

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Diagnostic Notes

Female mainly yellow, antecostal ridges of tergites and sternites dark brown with small brown area; antennal segment I white, IIIII grey, V–VIII brown; forewings pale with clavus shaded. Antennae 8-segmented. Head with closely spaced transverse sculpture lines in postocular region and ocellar triangle; ocellar setae pair III close together between anterior margins of hind ocelli. Pronotum with closely spaced transverse sculpture lines; posterior margin with 4 pairs of setae, setae B2 about 30 microns long. Metanotum with irregular longitudinal reticulations on posterior half, median setae close to anterior margin. Forewing first vein with 3 setae on distal half, second vein with 3 widely spaced setae; posterior fringe cilia wavy. Tergites III–VI with median setae small but close together; II–VIII with lateral thirds bearing closely spaced rows of fine microtrichia and 3 discal setae; VIII with complete comb, discal microtrichia extending medially; IX with no discal microtrichia. Sternites covered with rows of microtrichia.

Male similar to female but smaller; tergite IX posterior angles bearing pair of stout curved drepanae extending across tergite X; hind femora with comb-like row of stout setae.


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Specimen Contact
Laurence Mound
Mound, L.
28/06/2005 11:19 AEST
Last Updated
21/10/2011 09:31 AEST
Mound, L. (2005) South African Citrus Thrips (Scirtothrips aurantii) Updated on 10/21/2011 9:31:51 AM Available online: PaDIL -
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