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Octothrips lygodii sp. n. (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) damaging weedy Lygodium ferns in south-eastern Asia, with notes on other Thripidae reported from ferns

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Weedy Lygodium ferns have become a serious fire hazard in Florida, introduced from the Old World Tropics. During joint CSIRO/USDA studies on potential biological control agents, a thrips species was found widely in south-eastern Asia causing severe damage to L. microphyllum. Described here as a new species, Octothrips lygodii, this is the second species of a poorly known genus that has been based on a single damaged male from Papua New Guinea. The genus is redefined, the two species distinguished, and notes given on the range of Thripidae reported from ferns worldwide.
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Keywords: Lygodium; Octothrips; fern-thrips; weeds

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: CSIRO Entomology, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia.

Publication date: July 1, 2002

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