Thysanoptera in Australia

View details and photos on the 329 species in 96 genera of thrips known in Australia in the sub-order Terebrantia, representing five families and four subfamilies.The second sub-order, the Tubulifera, includes a single family, the Phlaeothripidae, with more than 500 species in over 120 genera recorded from Australia, and many species not yet described.

ID thrips

Don’t know which species you have? Start with the identification key to the nine recognised families of Thysanoptera, six of which are found in Australia. Or select from one of the other identification keys: Merothripidae species (4), Melanthripidae species (13), Aeolothripidae species (31), Thripidae subfamilies (4), Dendrothripinae species (15), Panchaetothripinae species (27), Sericothripinae species (16), and Thripinae species (222).

Thrips as pests

Currently there are 36 species of pest thrips recorded in Australia that are responsible for crop losses through feeding damage and tospovirus transmission. We are grateful to various research colleagues in the Australian agricultural community for providing some of the tospovirus and feeding damage images below.

Tomato spotted wilt

Feeding damage

Pest thrips recorded in Oz

  1. Neohydatothrips samayunkur
  2. Pseudodendrothrips mori
  3. Leucothrips nigripennis
  4. Selenothrips rubrocinctus
  5. Hercinothrips femoralis
  6. Hercinothrips bicinctus
  7. Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis
  8. Helionothrips errans
  9. Parthenothrips dracaenae
  10. Caliothrips fasciatus
  11. Thrips tabaci
  12. Thrips simplex
  13. Thrips parvispinus
  14. Thrips palmi
  15. Thrips novocaledonensis
  16. Thrips nigropilosus
  17. Thrips imaginis
  18. Thrips hawaiiensis
  19. Thrips florum
  20. Stenchaetothrips biformis
  21. Scirtothrips dorsalis
  22. Scirtothrips aurantii
  23. Pezothrips kellyanus
  24. Odontothripiella australis
  25. Microcephalothrips abdominalis
  26. Megalurothrips usitatus
  27. Limothrips cerealium
  28. Frankliniella williamsi
  29. Frankliniella schultzei
  30. Frankliniella occidentalis
  31. Dichromothrips corbetti
  32. Chaetanaphothrips signipennis
  33. Chaetanaphothrips orchidii
  34. Chaetanaphothrips leeuweni
  35. Anaphothrips sudanensis
  36. Anaphothrips obscurus

Oz thrips taxa