Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Macropterous, bicoloured, brown on head, pteronota, abdominal tergites VII–VIII and lateral thirds of tergites II–IV; yellow on posterior half of metathorax, abdominal segments I, V–VI and IX–X, all legs; pronotum brownish yellow, particularly blotch; fore wing clear sub-basally and on distal third, median area dark. Antennae 7-segmented, VI with enlarged sub-apical sensorium. Head with ocellar setae III inside ocellar triangle, ocellar region transversely striate; three pairs of postocular setae present. Pronotum anterior third reticulate with no internal markings, blotch transversely striate. Meso and metanota closely striate, with many lines between major sculpture lines. Abdominal tergites IV–V with two rows of discal setae laterally; tergite IX with only four pairs of submarginal setae. Sternites medially with neither discal nor marginal microtrichia.

Male with broadly oval pore plate on sternites III–VII.

Related and similar species

Among the 40 species placed in Hydatothrips, this species in unusual in having 7-segmented antennae, and in having an enlarged sensorium on the sixth antennal segment.

Distribution data

Described from Sarawak, East Malaysia, and recorded from near Darwin, Australia.

Biological data

Host plants

Desmodium and Canavallia (Fabaceae)

Life history

Feeding and breeding on leaves

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Hydatothrips latisensibilis Kudo

Original name and synonyms

  • Hydatothrips (Zonothrips) latisensibilis Kudo, 1997

Oz thrips taxa