Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macroptera. Body and legs brown, tarsi yellow; antennal segments I and IV–IX brown, II darker, III paler; fore wings uniformly weakly shaded; tergite IX major setae brown. Head wider than long, with transverse anastomosing striae behind eyes; eyes without pigmented facets; ocellar setae III just within triangle. Antennae 9-segmented, III–IV with sensorium forked; II with microtrichia on sculpture lines; suture between VI–VII transverse; VI constricted at base but not pedicellate. Pronotum with prominent transverse ridges on anterior half; with no long setae, discal setae relatively stout. Metascutum irregularly reticulate, sculpture lines apparently with flanges; median setae near anterior margin; campaniform sensilla present or absent. Prosternal ferna interrupted medially. Fore wing first vein with about 9 setae basally, 2 medially and 2 distally; second vein with 10 setae; clavus with 5 veinal setae and one seta at base. Abdominal tergites II–VII with no sculpture medially; laterally with closely spaced sculpture lines bearing weak broadly based microtrichia, not extending mesad of S2; posterior margin of VIII with complete long comb, lateral microtrichia arising from larger bases. Sternites with transverse reticulation medially.

Male unknown.

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 sculpture of this brown species, with small flanges on many of the sculpture lines, is unusual within the genus.

Distribution data

General distribution

Known only from Australia.

Australian distribution

New South Wales.

Biological data

Life history

Feeding on leaves.

Host plants

Geijera parviflora (Rutaceae).

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Anaphothrips geijerae Mound & Masumoto

Original name and synonyms

  • Anaphothrips geijerae Mound & Masumoto, 2009: 36.


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