Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Macropterous, colour whitish yellow with weak pale brown shading on fore coxae, metathoracic epimera, metanotum, and tergites II–VII anterolaterally; antennal segments IV–V weakly shaded at apex, VI–VIII pale brown; fore wing pale. Head with occipital carina close to eyes; ocellar triangle transversely striate with no markings between the striae; ocellar setae III within ocellar triangle; three pairs of postocular setae, median pair long; postoccipital region transversely striate; mouth cone unusually long, extending to metasternum. Pronotum with closely spaced transverse lines, blotch not clearly defined. Mesonotum and metanotum with no markings between major sculpture lines, metanotal sculpture mainly linear. Metasternal anterior margin with shallow emargination. Fore wing with no setae on second vein; wing apex with no sub-apical lobe. Tergites I–VI medially without marginal microtrichia; VI with some discal microtrichia medially. Sternites II–VII medially without marginal microtrichia, discal microtrichia not extending mesad of setae S2.

Male not known.

Related and similar species

Among the 95 species placed in Neohydatothrips, this species is remarkable for its elongate mouth cone and pale body colour.

Distribution data

Known only from Barrow Island, off the north-western coast of Western Australia.

Biological data

Host plants

Not known

Life history

Presumably leaf-feeding

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Neohydatothrips barrowi Mound & Tree

Original name and synonyms

  • Neohydatothrips barrowi Mound & Tree, 2009

Oz thrips taxa