Franklinothrips megalops

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Nomenclatural details

Mitothrips megalops Trybom, 1912: 147.

Franklinothrips myrmicaeformis Zanon, 1924: 91. Synonymised by zur Strassen, 2003: 98.

Spathiothrips bischoffi Richter, 1928: 33.

Franklinothrips aureus Moulton, 1936: 496. Synonymy in Hartwig, 1952: 381.

Biology and Distribution

Widespread in southern and eastern Africa, associated with trees.


Trybom F (1912) Mitothrips, eine neue Physapoden-Gattung aus Britischen Ostafrika. Entomologische Zeitschrift 33: 145–159.

Zanon (1924) Atti Pontificia Accadenia Scientia nuovi Lincei 77: 91.

Richter, W. (1928) Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Aeolothripiden (Thysanoptera). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1928, 29–37.

Moulton D (1936) Thysanoptera from Africa. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (10)17: 493–509.

Hartwig EK (1952) Taxonomic studies of South African Thysanoptera including genitalia, statistics and a revision of Trybom's types. Entomology Memoirs, Department of Agriculture South Africa 2 (11): 340-499.

Mound LA & Reynaud P (2005) Franklinothrips; a pantropical Thysanoptera genus of ant-mimicking obligate predators (Aeolothripidae). Zootaxa 864: 1–16.

Type information

Syntypes male and female (M. megalops), Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum, Stockholm.

Holotype male (F. aureus), California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.