Karnyothrips melaleucus

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Karnyothrips melaleucus_Female head and pronotum [L A Mound]

Nomenclatural details

Hindsiana melaleucus Bagnall, 1911: 61.

Zygothrips bicolor Hood & Williams, 1915: 126.

Cephalothrips elongatus Watson, 1919: 3.

Hindsiana cocois Watson, 1922: 66.

Hindsiana pini Watson, 1922: 65.

Biology and Distribution

Described from Florida USA (C. elongatus, H. pini, Z. bicolor), Cuba (H. cocois), Denmark (H. melaleucus, in a glasshouse), Japan (Okajima 2006). Occurs on grass, bamboo and dead leaves mainly in the subtropical regions. Predator.


Bagnall RS (1911) Descriptions of three new Scandinavian Thysanoptera (Tubulifera). Entomologist's monthly Magazine 47: 60–63.

Watson JR (1919) Additions to the Thysanoptera of Florida VI. Florida Buggist 3: 2–7.

Hood & Williams (1915) New Thysanoptera from Florida and Louisiana. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 23: 121-138.

Watson JR (1922) New Thysanoptera from Florida IX. Florida Entomologist 5: 65–66.

Watson JR (1922) Another new thrips from cocoanuts from Cuba. Florida Entomologist 5: 66–67.

Mound LA & Marullo R (1996) The Thrips of Central and South America: An Introduction. Memoirs on Entomology, International 6: 1–488.

Okajima S (2006) The Insects of Japan. Volume 2. The suborder Tubulifera (Thysanoptera). Fukuoka: Touka Shobo Co. Ltd. pp. 1–720.

Type information

Holotype female (H. melaleucus), The Natural History Museum, London.

Syntype female (H. pini), Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville.

Syntype female (C. elongatus), Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville.

Syntype female (H. cocois), Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville.