Turkish Journal of Zoology




The Thysanoptera fauna of the Aegean region of Turkey was studied in the spring of 1993 and 1995. The surveys were conducted in the following provinces: Afyonkarahisar, Aydın, Denizli, İzmir, Manisa, Muğla, and Uşak. A total of 2899 specimens from 405 samples were examined. The study revealed 82 Thysanoptera species, which included new records for the region and Turkey. One genus, Prosopothrips Uzel, and 3 species, Oxythrips halidayi Bagnall, Prosopothrips nigriceps Bagnall, and Rubiothrips validus (Karny), are new records for Turkish fauna. The most common and abundant species (represented with the number of samples-specimens) were Thrips meridionalis (Priesner) (102-481), Thrips tabaci Lindeman (97-287), and Thrips angusticeps (76-333). Among the others, Aeolothrips intermedius Bagnall (65-161), Aeolothrips collaris Priesner (46-96), Haplothrips reuteri (Trybom) (54-132), and Haplothrips tritici Kurdjumov (35-158) were relatively more frequent and abundant. The majority of the species were Palaearctic, in particular Mediterranean and European, and inhabit woody plants, cereals, and grasses.


Thysanoptera, thrips, Aegean region, Turkey

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