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scientific name    Compsothrips    

habitat
Undocumented.

seasonality
Undocumented.

identification
The head is longer than wide, the eyes are small and extend posteriorly, more on the ventral side of the head than the dorsal. Ocelli are absent. The postocular setae are well developed, and the antennae are 8 segmented, with segments 5 and 6 prolonged ventrally at the apex (Stannard, 1976). The mouth cone is rounded, and the maxillary stylets, when retracted, are far apart and v-shaped. The prothorax is small, and the major setae are well developed. The pterothorax is very small compared to the head or abdomen, making specimens appear ant-like. The mesopraesternum is well developed, and both sexes have armed fore tarsi (Chiasson, 1986). Adults are wingless (Mound and Marullo, 1996). The abdomen is broad, and commonly has white spots along the lateral margins of at least one segment (Chiasson, 1986).

life history
Members of this genus are ant mimics (Mound and Marullo, 1996).

conservation
Undocumented.

diet info
Fungal spores (Moritz et al., 2001).

range
Widespread throughout the tropics (Mound and Marullo, 1996).

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http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=28530



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