for a few species, identification of living or unprepared thrips
is usually impossible. The existence
of light and dark forms in many common species, often associated
with considerable differences in body size both within and between
sexes, necessitates careful collection and preparation of specimens
onto microscope slides. Any distortion, damage or wrong positioning
can cause specimens to be unidentifiable. Techniques and methods
for microscopic slide mounting are best considered under two headings:
those appropriate for quick routine identifications, and those
required for archival purposes in taxonomic research (Mound
and Kibby 1998).
Important protocols for these steps are available by clicking on
the several procedures under visual key and molecular key on the
top left corner.
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