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NEW BOOK: Thrips of Japan by Okajima & Masumoto. This 620-page book in Japanese describes 450 species, illustrated by over 3500 photomicrographs, and over 300 colour images - the most extensive review of any thrips fauna.

Read this page in Brazilian Portuguese or Read this page in Chinese or Read this page in Spanish

ThripsWiki - providing information on the World's thrips

This site was designed and produced in Canberra by Inkeri Lehtinen with Laurence Mound. Data was drawn from a web-based checklist that since 2005 was available through CSIRO Australia, but which for technical reasons has had to be abandoned. "Thysanoptera (Thrips) of the World - a checklist" originated from card-catalogues maintained over many years at the Natural History Museum, London, and at the Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt. GBIF funded visits to check data at the major thrips collections in Frankfurt, London and Washington DC for the 2005 system. The available data has been extensively revised and enriched through bibliographic and web searches, and production of this new site was supported by DAFF Australia.

The Thysanoptera is sometimes considered to be the phylogenetic sister-group to Hemiptera. However, this relationship is far from clear, particularly when fossil taxa are considered. At present, the Thysanoptera is considered to be an Order that, together with the fossil taxa comprising the Order Lophioneurida, is placed in a Super-Order Thripida. The Hemiptera, the Psocodea and the Thripida together comprise the Acercaria or Paraneoptera.

The prime objective is to give ready access to the scientific names and classification of the species in the insect Order Thysanoptera now totalling 6,436 extant species in 788 genera (together with their many synonyms), also the following taxa known only as fossils: 187 species and 70 genera.

This site is administered by the international group of insect taxonomists listed below. We will be pleased to hear from users concerning any errors that they find, or additional information that they consider should be included, and we can be contacted at:

Adriano Cavalleri, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil.

Masami Masumoto, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan.

Kambiz Minaei, Department of Plant Protection, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.

Laurence Mound, Australian National Insect Collection CSIRO, Canberra.

Manfred Ulitzka, Thrips-iD [1], Offenburg, Germany.

The recommended form of citation of this site is as follows:

ThripsWiki (current year). ThripsWiki - providing information on the World's thrips. <> [date accessed]


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Thysanoptera Classification

Classification theory

Classification overview

Total species per genus

Thysanoptera Families

Aeolothripidae Uzel, 1895

Fauriellidae Priesner, 1949

† Hemithripidae Bagnall, 1923

Heterothripidae Bagnall, 1912

† Karataothripidae Sharov, 1972

† Liassothripidae Priesner, 1949

Melanthripidae Bagnall, 1913

Merothripidae Hood, 1914

† Moundthripidae Nel, Azar & Nel, 2007

Phlaeothripidae Uzel, 1895

† Rohrthripidae Ulitzka, 2018

Stenurothripidae Bagnall, 1923

Thripidae Stephens, 1829

† Triassothripidae Grimaldi & Shmakov, 2004

Uzelothripidae Hood, 1952


Thrips and plants

Thrips and pollination

Thrips and galls

Thrips and Australian Acacia species

Ectoparasitic thrips

Thrips and Humans

Public nuisance thrips

Collecting and preparing thrips for study

Thrips and Tospoviruses: Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Thysanoptera.

Information and Identifications

Glossary of Thysanoptera morphology terms

Thysanoptera identification systems

Important Thysanoptera Collections

Zoogeographic Regions information

Individual authors publications on thrips

zur Strassen distribution lists