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Genus Information

Merothrips Hood, 1912: 132. Type species Merothrips morgani Hood, by monotypy.

Amerothrips Bhatti, 1989: 13. Type species Merothrips fusciceps Hood & Williams, by monotypy. Synonym by Mound & Marullo, 1996.

Sakimurathrips Bhatti, 1989: 9. Type species Merothrips williamsi Priesner, by monotypy. Synonym by Mound & Marullo, 1996.

Tardothrips Bhatti, 1989: 13, Type species Merothrips mirus Crawford, by monotypy. Synonym by Mound & Marullo, 1996.

Biology and Distribution

The three genera listed above in synonymy were each erected for single slightly aberrant species of what is interpreted here as a single genus, Merothrips . The species of this genus all live in leaf litter or on dead branches, where they are presumed to feed on fungus. Most Merothrips species are from the Neotropics, but several have been recorded widely around the world.


Hood JD (1912) Descriptions of new North American Thysanoptera. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 14: 129–160.

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

Bhatti JS (1989) The classification of Thysanoptera into families. Zoology (Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology) 2: 1–23


† Merothrips aithiopicus Ulitzka, 2020

† Merothrips balticus Ulitzka, 2015

Merothrips brevisetis Hood, 1954

Merothrips brunneus Ward, 1969

† Merothrips dietrichi (Schliephake, 2003)

Merothrips floridensis Watson, 1927

† Merothrips fritschi Priesner, 1924

Merothrips fusciceps Hood & Williams, 1915

Merothrips indicus Bhatti & Ananthakrishnan, 1975

Merothrips laevis Hood, 1938

Merothrips meridionalis Cavalleri, Lindner & O'Donnell, 2019

Merothrips mirus Crawford JC, 1942

Merothrips mizoramensis Johnson, Mound & Varatharajan 2021

Merothrips morgani Hood, 1912

Merothrips nigricornis Hood, 1937

Merothrips ottonis zur Strassen, 1959

Merothrips productus Hood, 1938

Merothrips tympanis Hood, 1954

Merothrips williamsi Priesner, 1921

Merothrips yii Ng & Mound, 2018