Head and pronotum of Apelaunothrips consimilis, from Mound (2013).

Belongs within: Phlaeothripidae.

The Apelaunothripini are a group of fungus-feeding thrips that have the maxillary stylets slightly broader than in other members of the subfamily Phlaeothripinae (though not as broad as in the Idolothripinae).

Characters (from Mound & Palmer 1983): Antennae long, slender, with eight segments. Maxillary guides stout, maxillary stylets relatively broad. Metathoracic sternopleural sutures absent. Males with B2 setae on tergite nine short and stout.

<==Apelaunothripini [Apelaunothripina]MM96
    |--Stenocephalothrips Johansen 1982MM96
    |    `--*S. zacualtipanensis Johansen 1982MM96
    |--Dexiothrips Hartwig 1952MP83
    |    |--*D. pensus Hartwig 1952MP83
    |    `--D. madrasensis (Ananthakrishnan 1964) [=Malacothrips madrasensis]MP83
    `--Apelaunothrips Karny 1925 [incl. Baphothrips Priesner 1933]MP83
         |--*A. medioflavus (Karny 1925) [=Ophidothrips medioflavus]MP83
         |--A. armatus Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. bhowalii (Ananthakrishnan 1972) [=Stigmothrips bhowalii]MP83
         |--A. bicolor Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. consimilis (Ananthakrishnan 1969) [=Stigmothrips consimilis]MP83
         |--A. femoralis Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. gabonensis (Bournier 1970) [=Baphothrips gabonensis]MP83
         |--A. indicus (Ananthakrishnan 1968) [=Philothrips indicus]MP83
         |--A. japonicus Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. leios (Mound 1970) [=Baphothrips leios]MP83
         |--A. lieni Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. luridus Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. maculipennis (Okajima 1976) [=Stigmothrips maculipennis]MP83
         |--A. malayensis Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. montanus Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. nigripennis Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. ocularis Okajima 1979MP83
         |--A. tasmani Mound 1974MP83
         `--A. tricolor (Priesner 1933) [=*Baphothrips tricolor]MP83

*Type species of generic name indicated


Mound, L. A. 2013. Species diversity in the Palaeotropical leaf-litter genus Apelaunothrips (Thysanoptera, Phlaeothripinae). Zootaxa 3741 (1): 181–193.

[MM96] Mound, L. A., & R. Marullo. 1996. The thrips of Central and South America: an introduction (Insecta: Thysanoptera). Memoirs on Entomology, International 6: 1–487.

[MP83] Mound, L. A., & J. M. Palmer. 1983. The generic and tribal classification of spore-feeding Thysanoptera (Phlaeothripidae: Idolothripinae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History): Entomology series 46 (1): 1–174.

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