A new flower bug of the genus Montandoniola (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Anthocoridae), a predator of gall-forming thrips on black pepper in southern India
Yamada Kazutaka, Bindu K., Nasreem A., Nasser M.
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 51(1): 1-10, 2011
Abstract: A new flower bug, Montandoniola indica Yamada, sp. nov., is described on the
basis of specimens collected in Kerala State, southern India. It is an efficient
predator of gall-forming thrips, Liothrips karnyi Bagnall, 1924 (Thysanoptera:
Phlaeothripidae), infesting black-pepper leaves. Montandoniola indica Yamada,
sp. nov. is distinguished from its related species, M. thripodes Bergroth, 1916,
by slightly sinuate flagellum approximately twice as long as cone and by the
copulatory tube apex exceeding the anterior margin of sternum VII. Biology of
this new species and identity of Indian species of Montandoniola Poppius,
1909 are discussed.
Key words: Heteroptera, Anthocoridae, Oriini, Montandoniola, new species, biology, predator, Liothrips karnyi, Piper nigrum, India