Fungal spore-feeding by adult and larval Mecynothrips hardyi (Priesner) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae: Idolothripinae)

Tree, Desley J., Mound, Laurence A. and Walter, Gimme H. (2010) Fungal spore-feeding by adult and larval Mecynothrips hardyi (Priesner) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae: Idolothripinae). Journal of Natural History, 44 5-6: 307-316. doi:10.1080/00222930903395150


Author Tree, Desley J.
Mound, Laurence A.
Walter, Gimme H.
Title Fungal spore-feeding by adult and larval Mecynothrips hardyi (Priesner) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae: Idolothripinae)
Formatted title
Fungal spore-feeding by adult and larval Mecynothrips hardyi (Priesner) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae: Idolothripinae)
Journal name Journal of Natural History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2933
1464-5262
Publication date 2010-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00222930903395150
Volume 44
Issue 5-6
Start page 307
End page 316
Total pages 10
Editor A. Polaszek
L. Allcock
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
Formatted abstract
Mecynothrips hardyi (Priesner), a member of the phlaeothripid subfamily Idolothripinae, is demonstrated to feed on whole fungal spores on hanging dead leaves and branches of Acacia harpophylla (brigalow). The diet primarily comprises spores of a recently described species of Dothiorella (Botryosphaeriaceae). The 14μm-wide food canal enclosed by the maxillary stylets is evidently adapted to imbibe whole spores, and the foregut includes a sclerotized proventriculus with internal ridges that presumably aids in the abrasion and thus digestion of the thick-walled spores.
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Keyword Mecynothrips
Spore-feeding
Acacia harpophylla
Dothiorella
Sclerotized proventriculus
Thrips
Association
Tubulifera
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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