Adults of species in this subfamily have an exceptionally elongate, lyre-shaped, metathoracic furca, and the lateral margins of the metathorax are commonly swollen. The body surface usually bears complex sculpture, with various markings inside the reticulations. Larvae usually have the dorsal setae rather elongate with capitate apices, and these larvae usually live on leaves not in flowers.
The Dendrothripinae Priesner (1925: 144) was recognised by Bhatti (2006) as a family, and placed in association with the genus Retithrips of the Panchaetothripinae into a separate superfamily, Dendrothripoidea.
Key to genera - Mound & Tree (2016) Genera of the leaf-feeding Dendrothripinae (Thysanoptera, Thripidae), with new species from Australia and Sulawesi, Indonesia Zootaxa 4109 (5):569-582.
Masumoto M & Okajima S (2017) Studies on Dendrothripinae (Thysanoptera, Thripidae) from Japan, with new records and one new species. Zootaxa 4362: 405-420.
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† Apodendrothrips Schliephake, 1993
Asprothrips Crawford, 1938
Dendrothrips Uzel, 1895
Edissa Faure, 1953
Ensiferothrips Bianchi, 1944
Filicopsothrips Mound, 1999
Halmathrips Hood, 1936
Iranodendrothrips Alavi, Minaei & Fekrat, 2014
Leucothrips Reuter, 1904
Parsiothrips Bhatti, 1970
Petrothrips Masumoto & Okajima, 2003
† Praedendrothrips Priesner, 1924
Projectothripoides Shumser Singh, 1942
Pseudodendrothrips Schmutz, 1913
† Schedodendrothrips Schliephake, 2001
† Synnastothrips Schliephake, 1993