|scientific name Compsothrips |
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).
Members of this genus are ant mimics (Mound and Marullo, 1996).
Fungal spores (Moritz et al., 2001).
Widespread throughout the tropics (Mound and Marullo, 1996).
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