Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macropterous and broadly robust; body blackish-brown, antennae paler with III and V yellow; fore wing dark particularly at fork of veins, and with two blacker swellings on fore margin; microtrichia on surface of wing near base almost tuberculate. Antennae with 7 or 8 segments, VI–VIII forming a tapering unit; sensoria on III & IV forked. Head transverse, ocellar hump long. Pronotum strongly transverse. Metanotum with broad triangular area. Mesosternum reticulate, metasternum trasversely striate; metafurca long and V-shaped. Tergites II–VIII with median setae long, arising on sides of median reticulated groove, IX–X with similar groove; tergites with smooth craspedum medially, toothed craspedum laterally. Sternites boldly reticulate, with unlobed craspedum.

Related and similar species

Two species are included in this genus. One of these is polyphagous and widespread in the tropics, and is sometimes considered a minor pest, but R. javanicus is known only from Java and northern Australia. This species has only two dark swellings on each forewing, wheras R. syriacus has three, and both species are unusual in their body shape.

Distribution data

Indonesia – Java; northern Australia (Cairns, Darwin and Kununurra).

Biological data

Host plants

Not known; found on an unidentified vine near Cairns, Australia

Life history

Breeding on mature leaves

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Retithrips javanicus Karny

Original name and synonyms

  • Retithrips javanicus Karny, 1923

Oz thrips taxa