Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macroptera. Body brown to dark brown, tarsi and antennal segment III yellow; fore wings light brown with base scarcely paler. Antennae 8-segmented; segment I with paired dorso-apical setae; segments III–IV with apex forming short neck, sensorium forked; V with sensorium base circular, VI with sensorium base broadly expanded. Head wider than long; 3 pairs of ocellar setae present; pair III anterior to hind ocelli, shorter than side of ocellar triangle; postocular setae small, close to posterior margin of eyes. Pronotum with 1 pair of long posteroangular setae; posterior margin with 4 pairs of setae. Fore tibia with two recurved tubercles at apex, ventrally and laterally. Metanotum reticulate, campaniform sensilla present; median setae arise at anterior margin. Mesofurca with spinula. Fore wing first and second veins with complete row of setae; clavus with 5 veinal setae and one discal seta. Tergites without sculpture medially; VIII with group of irregular microtrichia anterior to spiracle, posteromarginal comb represented by several microtrichia laterally. Sternites without discal setae, VII with median setae arising in front of margin.

Male macroptera. Similar to female but smaller; mid tibia with small claw at apex; tergites with sculpture lines medially, IX posterior margin with pair of long processes; sternites without pore plates, VI–VII with small lobe medially on posterior margin.

Related and similar species

Odontothripiella is an Australian genus that currently includes 18 described species, with several more undescribed species also known. The genus shares many character states withMegalurothrips, in particular the presence of a pair of small setae dorsally at the apical margin of the first antennal segment. O. passalaina females cannot be distinguished from females of several other species in this genus including O. australis, but the males have a pair of moderately long processes on the ninth tergite, and sternites VI–VII bear a small and translucent lobe on the posterior margin. This is probably the Western Australian equivalent of O. divaricata from eastern Australia.

Distribution data

General distribution

Known only from Australia.

Australian distribution

Western Australia.

Biological data

Life History

Feeding and breeding in flowers.

Host plants

Various Fabaceae, including Hovea sp., Bossiaea webbiGompholobium scabra.

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Odontothripiella passalaina Pitkin

Original name and synonyms

  • Odontothripiella passalaina Pitkin, 1972: 285


Pitkin BR. 1972. A revision of the Australian genus Odontothripiella Bagnall, with descriptions of fourteen new species (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 11: 265-289.

Oz thrips taxa