Mecynothrips sp., photographed by Paul Zborowski.

Belongs within: Idolothripinae.

Mecynothrips is a Palaeotropical genus of fungus-feeding thrips, characterised by the presence of at least three pairs of wing-retaining setae on each abdominal tergite (Mound & Palmer 1983).

Characters (from Mound & Palmer 1983): Large, dark species; head without complex sculpture. Eyes not prolonged ventrally. Fore-femora of male usually with one or more tubercles on inner margin. Abdominal tergites with three or more pairs of major wing-retaining setae, with anterior pair arising close to tergal antecostal ridge. Anal tube without prominent lateral setae.

<==Mecynothrips Bagnall 1908 (see below for synonymy)MP83
    |--*M. wallacei Bagnall 1908 (see below for synonymy)MP83
    |--M. acanthus (Hood 1918) (see below for synonymy)MP83
    |--M. atratus (Hood 1919) [=Kleothrips atratus; incl. K. (Akleothrips) zuluensis Jacot-Guillarmod 1939]MP83
    |--M. goliath (Priesner 1935) [=Kleothrips goliath]MP83
    |--M. hardyi (Priesner 1928) [=Kleothrips hardyi]MP83
    |--M. kanoi (Takahashi 1937) [=Kleothrips kanoi]MP83
    |--M. karimonensis [=Kleothrips (*Akleothrips) karimonensis; incl. K. karimonensis f. parvidens Priesner 1935]MP83
    |--M. kraussi Palmer & Mound 1978MP83
    |--M. lacerta (Priesner 1935) [=Kleothrips lacerta; incl. K. (*Synkleothrips) innocens Priesner 1935]MP83
    |--M. priesneri Mound 1971 [incl. M. minor Mound 1971]MP83
    |--M. pugilator (Karny 1913) [=*Phoxothrips pugilator; incl. Elaphrothrips takahashii Priesner 1935]MP83
    |--M. simplex Bagnall 1912 (see below for synonymy)MP83
    |--M. snodgrassi Hood 1952MP83
    `--M. taiwanus Okajima 1979MP83

Mecynothrips Bagnall 1908 [incl. Acrothrips Karny 1920, Akleothrips Priesner 1935, Dracothrips Bagnall 1914, Kleothrips Schmutz 1913, Phoxothrips Karny 1913, Synkleothrips Priesner 1935]MP83

Mecynothrips acanthus (Hood 1918) [=Kleothrips acanthus; incl. Acrothrips gargantua Girault 1926, Phoxothrips giganteus Girault 1926, *A. sorex Karny 1920]MP83

Mecynothrips simplex Bagnall 1912 [incl. Kleothrips agama Priesner 1935, *Dracothrips ceylonicus Bagnall 1914, *K. gigans Schmutz 1913]MP83

*Mecynothrips wallacei Bagnall 1908 [incl. M. bagnalli Priesner 1935, M. bagnalli f. imbecilla Priesner 1935, M. magnus Girault 1929]MP83

*Type species of generic name indicated


[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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