Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macroptera. Body and legs brownish yellow, antennal segment I white, II–IX brown with III slightly paler; fore wing weakly shaded. Head slightly wider than long; transversely reticulate behind eyes, with no sculpture near ocelli; ocellar setae III outside triangle; eyes with 6 pigmented facets. Antennae 9-segmented (rarely 8); III–IV with forked sensorium; II with no microtrichia; VI with short pedicel. Pronotum almost without sculpture; with no long setae. Metascutum with few elongate reticles, median setae near anterior margin, campaniform sensilla present. Prosternal ferna not entire, with small gap medially. Fore wing slender, first vein with about 7 setae on basal half, 3 setae on distal half; second vein with about 8 setae including one seta basal to vein fork; clavus with 5–6 veinal setae and one basal seta. Abdominal tergites I–VII with no sculpture medially, median setae S1 small and weak, VIII posterior margin with 3–4 widely spaced slender microtrichia laterally, none medially.

Male macroptera. Similar to female; tergite IX with 2 pairs of short stout setae medially; sternites III–VII with pore plate medially, C-shaped on anterior segments but only curved on VII.

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. pultenaeae is unusual in having the antennal segmentation varying between 8 or 9 segments. A. keatsi is possibly the same species.

Distribution data

General distribution

Known only from Australia.

Australian distribution

New South Wales, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory.

Biological data

Life history

Feeding and breeding on leaves and flowers of low-growing plant species.

Host plants

Pultenaea spp. (Fabaceae).

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Anaphothrips pultenaeae Mound & Masumoto

Original name and synonyms

  • Anaphothrips pultenaeae Mound & Masumoto, 2009: 50.


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