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The Thrips orientalis group from South-east Asia and Australia: some species identities and relationships (Thysanoptera, Thripidae)

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Abstract 

A thrips associated in Thailand with the flowers of Paederia foetida, a rubiaceous weed in Florida that is a threat to Australia, is here recognised as Thrips morindae Priesner, a species previously considered a synonym of T. javanicus Priesner. Systematic relationships of these species with others in South-east Asia and the Australasian region are discussed. Two new species-groups are designated: the T. obscuratus group of six species from New Zealand and New Caledonia, and the T. orientalis group of 12 South-east Asian species that are associated with scented white flowers such as Gardenia. Four species of this second group are recorded from tropical Australia.
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Keywords: Paederia; Thrips; Thrips morindae; species-groups

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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