Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macroptera. Body, legs and antennal segments I–II yellow, III shaded brown, IV–IX light brown; wings pale. Head wider dorsally than long; mouth cone long, extending to mesosternum; eyes with 6 pigmented facets; ocellar setae III on anterior margins of triangle. Antennae 9-segmented, III–IV with sensorium forked, II without microtrichia, IX longer than VIII; VI narrowed to base but not pedicellate. Pronotum transverse, with faint lines of sculpture, with no long setae. Mesonotal anteromedian campaniform sensilla absent or weak. Metascutum weakly reticulate, median setae well back from anterior margin, campaniform sensilla absent. Prosternal ferna incomplete medially; mesothoracic furca long and slender. Fore wing first vein with about 7 setae basally, and 3 widely spaced setae to apex; second vein with about 9 setae; clavus with 5 veinal setae plus one seta at base. Abdominal tergites with faint sculpture lines laterally but none medially; VIII with no marginal comb; IX–X relatively long. Ovipositor unusually long.

Male macroptera. Similar to female; tergite IX with all setae slender; sternites III–IV with broad, curved pore plate.

Related and similar species

There are 43 species of Anaphothrips known from Australia, out of a total of 79 species worldwide (Mound & Masumoto, 2009). Many of these species have the antennae clearly 9-segmented, others clearly have only 8 segments, but several species have an intermediate condition with segment VI bearing a partial and often oblique transverse suture. The pronotal setae are short, and the forewing clavus has no discal seta. Some species in this genus can be recognised only in the male sex. The female of A. callani differs from those of most of the other species with 9-segmented antennae in the absence of a comb on tergite VIII, and the male lacks stout setae on the ninth tergite, and has curved (not C-shaped) pore plates on two sternites .

Distribution data

General distribution

Known only from Australia.

Australian distribution

Western Australia.

Biological data

Life history

Not known.

Host plants

Possibly associated with Myoporaceae or Chenopodiaceae.

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Anaphothrips callani Mound & Masumoto

Original name and synonyms

  • Anaphothrips callani Mound & Masumoto, 2009: 23


Mound LA & Masumoto M. 2009. Australian Thripinae of the Anaphothrips genus-group (Thysanoptera), with three new genera and thirty-three new species. Zootaxa 2042: 1-76.http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2009/f/zt02042p076.pdf

Oz thrips taxa