oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Eight synonyms amongst the European species of Chirothrips Haliday 1836 (Thysanoptera)



It seems to be necessary to reopen the question of the validity of some of the European species of Chirothrips, in order to settle their status. This problem is believed to be of some practical importance, since aculeatus Bagnall infests grasses and sugar-cane, and manicatus Haliday has been recorded as injurious to grasses and cereals. It is known that the validity of a few species, very closely related to Ch. manicatus, is doubtful, as several authors have emphasized already. But unfortunately these species have been quoted repeatedly in recent catalogues or in keys as valid ones, although they were separated from manicatus in the original descriptionptions on the basis of two or three insignificant characters.


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