Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macroptera. The condition of the five specimens on which this species was described is such that few structural details can be seen (Mound & Masumoto, 2009).

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. A. keatsi is possibly the same species as A. pultenaeae. Females in both of these have a few microtrichia laterally on the posterior margin of tergite VIII, but the available males are too poorly preserved to distinguish the number and form of the sternal pore plates.

Distribution data

General distribution

Known only from Australia.

Australian distribution


Biological data

Life history


Host plants

Hibbertia stricta (Dilleniaceae).

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Anaphothrips keatsi (Girault)

Original name and synonyms

  • Heterothrips keatsi Girault, 1926: 2.


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