Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macroptera. Body and legs brown, tarsi and apices of tibiae and femora yellow; antennal segments brown; fore wings pale. . Antennae 8-segmented; sensorium simple on III–IV; pedicel of III slightly swollen. Head projecting in front of eyes, vertex swollen over base of antennal segment I, fore ocellus reduced; ocellar setae pair I situated far forward of pair II, sometimes absent, pair III between posterior ocelli; eyes large, cheeks straight. Pronotum transverse, with sculptured lines, no discal setae; 4–6 posteromarginal setae, pair S6 (?8) almost three times as long as minor setae. Mesonotum reticulate, median pair of setae distant from posterior margin; without campaniform sensilla anteromedially. Metascutum weakly reticulate medially, median setae arise close to anterior margin, no campaniform sensilla. Mesothoracic furca without spinula. Fore wing first vein with 4 basal and 2 distal setae, second vein with 2 setae; clavus with 4 veinal setae. Abdominal tergite I with weak sculpture at anterior, no craspedum medially; tergites II–VIII without sculpture medially, with narrow posteromarginal craspedum; campaniform sensilla not close to posterior margin. Sternites without craspeda, marginal setae arise at margin; 0–6 discal setae in irregular transverse row medially on IV–VII.

Male macroptera. Colour and structure similar to female, but abdomen slender; tergite IX posterior margin with pair of short, dark-tipped, upwardly curved, drepanae; sternite III with transverse pore plate close to antecostal ridge.

Related and similar species

The genus Ozanaphothrips comprises six species, all from Australia. The head of O. kununurrai is similar to that of O. fenarius, but the pronotum is transverse, and the sensorium is simple on both the third and fourth antennal segments.

Distribution data

General distribution

Known only from Australia.

Australian distribution

Western Australia.

Biological data

Life history

Feeding on leaves.

Host plants

Fimbristylis sp., grasses (Poaceae), adults taken from Sesbania sp. (Fabaceae).

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Ozanaphothrips kununurrai Mound & Masumoto

Original name and synonyms

Ozanaphothrips kununurrai Mound & Masumoto, 2009: 65


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