View Image Gallery of Subfamily Sarrothripini

Mniothripa bradleyi Fletcher
Mniothripa bradleyi Fletcher, 1957: 42.


Mniothripa bradleyi

The forewings are usually a medium grey, with the reniform bipunctate rather than bilobed, and a small patch of slightly darker grey at the tornus. Typical specimens from Rennell and some from Fiji and Vanuatu are darker, browner, with less basal translucence to the hindwing than is usual in greyer specimens; Fletcher (1957) noted this variability. The male genitalia have a rounded apex to the valve, with the robust setae more extensive and the smaller ones less extensive than in lichenigera. There is a slight angle on the costal margin just distal to the oblique thickening ridge separating the valve apex from the rest. The saccular setae are larger than in the previous two species and in an elongate patch similar to that of lichenigera. The aedeagus is long, the vesica full of deciduous, dagger-like spicules of moderate length; these can sometimes be seen in the bursa of the female (Fig. 192). The female genitalia have a broad ostium that narrows sharply into the ductus, a shallowly bilobed thickening to the lamella antevaginalis, and a largely sclerotised ductus that expands into the base of the bursa that is also sclerotised and often slightly convolute in that zone.

Geographical range. Solomons (Rennell I.), Vanuatu, Fiji, New Guinea, Seram, Saleyer, Borneo.

Habitat preference. A single female has been taken by G. Ping at Kampong Kapok, a coastal locality with mangrove in Brunei.

<<Back >>Forward <<Return to Content Page

Copyright © Southdene Sdn. Bhd. All rights reserved.