Microcephalothrips abdominalis

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Microcephalothrips abdominalis Male and Female [L A Mound]
Microcephalothrips abdominalis Female, tergites VII-VIII [L A Mound]
Microcephalothrips abdominalis Female, sternites IV-V [L A Mound]

Nomenclatural details

Thrips abdominalis Crawford DL, 1910: 157.

Thrips femoralis Jones, 1912: 4.

Thrips crenatus Watson, 1922: 35.

Thrips microcephalus Priesner, 1923: 116.

Thrips (Ctenothripella) gillettei Moulton, 1926: 126.

Stylothrips brevipalpis Karny, 1926: 206.

Paraphysopus burnsi Girault, 1927: 2.

Thrips oklahomae Watson, 1931: 342.

Microcephalothrips brevipalpis armatus Ananthakrishnan, 1956: 133.

Aureothrips marigoldae Raizada, 1966: 278.

Microcephalothrips chinensis Feng, 1998: 257.

Microcephalothrips jigonshanensis Feng, 1998: 258.

Microcephalothrips yanglinensis Feng, Zhang & Sha, 2002: 167.

Biology and Distribution

Described from Jalisco, Mexico (T. abdominalis), Georgia USA (T. femoralis, T. crenatus), Madi, Egypt from composite flowers (T. microcephalus), Colorado USA (T. gillettei), Australia (S. brevipalpis, P. burnsi), Oklahoma USA (T. oklahomae), India (M. armatus, A. marigoldae) and China (M. chinensis, M. jingonshanensis, M. yanglinensis).


Crawford DL (1910) Thysanoptera of Mexico and the south II. Pomona College Journal of Entomology 2: 153–170.

Jones PR (1912) Some new California and Georgia Thysanoptera. Technical series, USDA Bureau of Entomology 23: 1–24.

Watson JR (1922) On a collection of Thysanoptera from Rabun County, Georgia. Florida Entomologist 6: 34–39.

Priesner H (1923) A. DAMPFS Aegypten-Ausbeute: Thysanoptera. Entomologische Mitteilungen 12: 115–121.

Moulton D (1926) New American Thysanoptera. Transactions of the American entomological Society 5: 119–128.

Karny H (1926) Studies on Indian Thysanoptera. Memoirs of the Department of Agriculture in India Entomology Series 9: 187–239.

Girault AA (1927) Some new wild animals from Queensland. Published privately. Brisbane. pp. 1–3.

Watson JR (1931) A collection of Thysanoptera from western Oklahoma. Publications of the University of Oklahoma 3 (4): 339–345.

Ananthakrishnan TN (1956) Studies on some Indian Thysanoptera III. Zoologischer Anzieger 157: 130–139.

Raizada (1966) Studies on some Thysanoptera from Delhi. Zoologischer Anzeiger 176: 277-290.

Feng J, Nan X & Guo H (1998) Two new species of Microcephalothrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) from China. Entomotaxonomia 20: 257–260.

Feng J, Zhang J & Sha Z (2002) A new species of Microcephalothrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) from China. Entomotaxonomia 24: 167–169.

Vierbergen G, Cean M, Szeller IH, Jenser G, Masten T & Simila M. (2006) Spread of two thrips pests in Europe: Echinothrips americanus and Microcephalothrips abdominalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica 41 : 287–296.

Type information

Holotype female (T. gillettei), California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.

Holotype female (T. crenatus), Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville.

Holotype (M. chinensis), Entomological Museum of Northwestern Agricultural University, Shaanxi.

Holotype (M. jigonshanensis), Entomological Museum of Northwestern Agricultural University, Shaanxi.

Holotype (M. yanglinensis), Entomological Museum of Northwest Sci-Tech University of Agriculture & Forestry.

Syntype (P. burnsi), Queensland Museum, Brisbane.

Syntype (T. abdominalis), National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.