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The species in this family are all fungus feeding, on dead branches in warmer parts of the world. The family is here considered to comprise three genera of extant species, and two genera with species known only from fossils.

Bhatti (2006) placed Damerothrips and Erotidothrips into a separate family, Erotidothripidae Priesner, 1939: 155.

Click to see a listo of the 3 extant genera.

Click to see a list of the 3 fossil genera.

Click to see a list of the 18 extant species.

Click to see a list of the 7 fossil species.


Bhatti JS (2006) The classification of Terebrantia (Insecta) into families. Oriental Insects 40: 339-375.

Mound LA, Heming BS & Palmer JM. (1980) Phylogenetic relationships between the families of recent Thysanoptera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society of London 69: 111-141.

Mound L, Hoddle MS & Hastings A (2019) Thysanoptera Californica. An identification and information system to thrips in California., Identic Pty Ltd, Queensland, Australia. [1]

Mound LA & O'Neill K. (1974) Taxonomy of the Merothripidae, with ecological and phylogenetic considerations (Thysanoptera). Journal of Natural History 8: 481-509.

Pereyra, V. (2011) Phylogenetic analysis of the small fungivorous family Merothripidae (Thysanoptera). Insect Systematics & Evolution, 42 (4), 385–409.

Genera included

Damerothrips Hood, 1954

Erotidothrips Priesner, 1939

† Jezzinothrips zur Strassen, 1973

Merothrips Hood, 1912

† Myanmarothrips Ulitzka, 2018

† Praemerothrips Priesner, 1929