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Species Montandoniola confusa

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Cimicoidea
Family Anthocoridae (Minute Pirate Bugs)
Tribe Oriini
Genus Montandoniola
Species confusa (Montandoniola confusa)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
recently split from Montandoniola moraguesi (Puton 1896) species complex
Explanation of Names
Montandoniola confusa Streito & Matocq 2009
Range
known from so. US (adventive), West Indies, Hawaii, and Australia; prob. of Old World origin
Habitat
associated with Gynaikothrips uzeli populations in landscape plantings of ornamental Ficus spp.
Food
thrips; highly effective predator of G. uzeli
Remarks
first record in our area: FL 2003
Print References
Pluot-Sigwalt D., Streito J.-C., Matocq A. (2009) Is Montandoniola moraguesi (Puton, 1896) a mixture of different species? (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Anthocoridae). Zootaxa 2208: 25–43 (Abstract)
Arthurs S., Chen J., Dogramaci M., Ali A.D., Mannion C. (2011) Evaluation of Montandoniola confusa Streito and Matocq sp. nov. and Orius insidiosus Say (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae), for control of Gynaikothrips uzeli Zimmerman (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) on Ficus benjamina. Biological Control 57: 202–207 (Full text)
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