Thrips (genus)

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Thrips tabaci (left); Frankliniella occidentalis (right)
Scientific classification

Type species
Thrips physapus
Linnaeus, 1758  [1]
Synonyms   [2]
  • AchaetothripsKarny, 1908
  • ParathripsKarny, 1907

Thrips is a genus of thrips.


Species in the genus Thrips feed on pollen, and can be major agricultural pests, with several being vectors of tospoviruses. [3]


Thrips obscuratus morphology illustrated by Des Helmore THYS Thripidae Thrips obscuratus2.png
Thrips obscuratus morphology illustrated by Des Helmore


The name Thrips comes from the Greek word θρίψ meaning woodworm. [4]


Thrips is the largest genus of thrips, with over 280 species, [5] most of which are found in Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. Other species occur on each of the continents, including one species described from Antarctica. [3] Thrips includes the species of thrips most frequently intercepted at ports of entry into the United States, T. tabaci . [3]

The following species are recognised: [5]

Related Research Articles

Thrips Order of insects

Thrips are minute, slender insects with fringed wings and unique asymmetrical mouthparts. Different thrips species feed mostly on plants by puncturing and sucking up the contents, although a few are predators. Entomologists have described approximately 6,000 species. They fly only weakly and their feathery wings are unsuitable for conventional flight; instead, thrips exploit an unusual mechanism, clap and fling, to create lift using an unsteady circulation pattern with transient vortices near the wings.

Thripidae Family of thrips

The Thripidae are the most speciose family of thrips, with over 290 genera representing just over two thousand species. They can be distinguished from other thrips by a saw-like ovipositor curving downwards, narrow wings with two veins, and antennae of six to ten antennomeres with stiletto-like forked sense cones on antennal segments III and IV.

<i>Franklinothrips</i> Genus of thrips

Franklinothrips is a genus of thrips with pantropical distribution.

<i>Scirtothrips dorsalis</i> Species of thrip

The chilli thrips or yellow tea thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood, is an extremely successful invasive species of pest-thrips which has expanded rapidly from Asia over the last twenty years, and is gradually achieving a global distribution. It has most recently been reported in St. Vincent (2004) Florida (2005), Texas (2006), and Puerto Rico (2007). It is a pest of economic significance with a broad host range, with prominent pest reports on crops including pepper, mango, citrus, strawberry, grapes, cotton, tea, peanuts, blueberry, and roses. Chilli thrips appear to feed preferentially on new growth, and infested plants usually develop characteristic wrinkled leaves, with distinctive brown scarring along the veins of leaves, the buds of flowers, and the calyx of fruit. Feeding damage can reduce the sale value of crops produced, and in sufficient numbers, kill plants already aggravated by environmental stress. This thrips has also been implicated in the transmission of three tospoviruses, but there is some controversy over its efficiency as a vector.

Thripinae Subfamily of thrips

The Thripinae are a subfamily of thrips, insects of the order Thysanoptera. The Thripinae belong to the common thrips family Thripidae and include around 1,400 species in 150 genera. A 2012 molecular phylogeny found that the Thripinae was paraphyletic; further work will be needed to clarify the relationships within the group.

<i>Scirtothrips</i> Genus of thrips

Scirtothrips is a genus of thrips in the family Thripidae.

<i>Thrips tabaci</i> Species of thrip

Thrips tabaci is a species of very small insect in the genus Thrips in the order Thysanoptera. It is commonly known as the onion thrips, the potato thrips, the tobacco thrips or the cotton seedling thrips. It is an agricultural pest that can damage crops of onions and other plants, and it can additionally act as a vector for plant viruses.

Neohydatothrips samayunkur, the marigold thrips, is a species of thrips in the family Thripidae. It is found in Africa, Australia, Europe & Northern Asia, Central America, and North America.

Neohydatothrips is a genus of thrips in the family Thripidae. There are at least 30 described species in Neohydatothrips.

Salpingothrips is a genus of thrips in the family Thripidae. There are at least three described species in Salpingothrips.

Ctenothrips is a genus of thrips in the family Thripidae. There are about 10 described species in Ctenothrips.

Gynaikothrips ficorum, the Cuban laurel thrips, is a species of tube-tailed thrip in the family Phlaeothripidae. It is found in Africa, North America, and Europe.

Gynaikothrips is a genus of tube-tailed thrips in the family Phlaeothripidae. There are more than 30 described species in Gynaikothrips.

<i>Heliothrips</i> Genus of thrips

Heliothrips is a genus of thrips in the family Thripidae. There are about 18 described species in Heliothrips.

Panchaetothripinae Subfamily of thrips

Panchaetothripinae is a subfamily of thrips in the family Thripidae. There are about 11 genera and more than 50 described species in Panchaetothripinae.

Parthenothrips is a genus of thrips in the family Thripidae. There is one described species in Parthenothrips, P. dracaenae.

Echinothrips is a genus of thrips in the family Thripidae. There are about seven described species in Echinothrips.

Heterothripidae is a family of thrips in the order Thysanoptera. There are about 6 genera and at least 70 described species in Heterothripidae.

Neohydatothrips variabilis, the soybean thrips, is a species of thrips in the family Thripidae. It is found in Central America and North America.

Selenothrips is a genus of thrips in the family Thripidae. There are at least two described species in Selenothrips.


  1. "Thrips Linnaeus, 1758". Integrated Taxonomic Information System . Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  2. "Thrips Linnaeus, 1758". Fauna Europaea . Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 David A. Nickle (2008). "Commonly intercepted thrips at U.S. ports-of-entry from Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean. III. The genus Thrips Linnaeus, 1758 (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)" (PDF). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington . 110 (1): 165–185. doi:10.4289/0013-8797-110.1.165. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-21.
  4. Kobro, Sverre (2011). "Checklist of Nordic Thysanoptera" (PDF). Norwegian Journal of Entomology. 58: 21–26. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  5. 1 2 Laurence A. Mound (June 17, 2008). "Genus Thrips Linnaeus, 1758". Thysanoptera (Thrips) of the World – a checklist. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation . Retrieved February 19, 2011.

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