The Afrotropical region comprises several different elements, although some thrips species have extensive ranges, for example from Angola to Ethiopia. The tropical fauna seems to be widespread across the continent, but southern South Africa has a different thrips fauna from that of the tropics. The African thrips fauna remains poorly known.
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