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Title: The Old-World genus Ceratothripoides (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) with a new genus for related New-World species

item Mound, L. - Commonwealth Scientific And Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
item Nickle, David

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/5/2009
Publication Date: 9/14/2009
Citation: Mound, L.A., Nickle, D.A. 2009. The Old-World genus Ceratothripoides (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) with a new genus for related New-World species. Zootaxa. 2230:51-56.

Interpretive Summary: Thrips are minute insects that commonly occur on agricultural crops, grains, and ornamental flowers. Many species are agricultural and ornamental pests, while other species have been implicated as vectors of several plant viruses. They are regularly intercepted at port quarantine facilities at the various ports-of-entry into the United States. This paper reviews a genus with numerous species described both from Africa and the New World. At least one of the African species is known to be a carrier of topsovirus and is of high agricultural concern. In this paper the African species are retained in the original genus, while the New World species are reassigned to a new genus, which is described and figured. Although this paper is designed primarily to aid the identification capabilities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) identifiers at U.S. ports-of-entry, it will also be of interest to those interested in thrips in general.

Technical Abstract: A key is provided to five Old World species that comprise the genus Ceratothripoides Bagnall, and the species C. revelatus (Priesner) is recalled from synonymy with C. brunneus Bagnall. Five New World species previously placed in this genus are here allocated to Retanathrips Mound & Nickle gen.n., with Physothrips funestus Hood as type species.