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Two new ectoparasitic species of Aulacothrips Hood, 1952 (Thysanoptera: Heterothripidae) associated with ant-tended treehoppers (Hemiptera)

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Cavalleri, Adriano [1] ; Kaminski, Lucas A. [2]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Fed Rio Grande do Sul, Inst Biociencias, PPG Ecol, BR-90049 Porto Alegre, RS - Brazil
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas UNICAMP, Inst Biol, Dept Biol Anim, Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Systematic Parasitology; v. 89, n. 3, p. 271-278, NOV 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Aulacothrips Hood, 1952 is a remarkable South American genus of ectoparasitic thrips which feed on gregarious ant-tended hemipterans (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha). Here we describe two new species of this genus infesting membracid treehoppers in Colombia and Brazilian Amazon, and provide a key to the five Aulacothrips spp. now recognised. Aulacothrips levinotus n. sp. is unique in having pronotum with only two pairs of major setae; and Aulacothrips tenuis n. sp. has unusually long abdominal tergite IX. These findings will be helpful for understanding the species diversification in this genus, bringing a new perspective on the diversity of Aulacothrips spp. and their myrmecophilous hemipteran hosts. (AU)