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Subfamily information

Considered by Bhatti (2006) as a separate family with 13 genera, this group is treated here as a subfamily of Thripidae to include only three genera (Wang, 2007; Mound & Tree, 2009). A further 12 genus group names are listed in synonymy under the three generic names. The subfamily is found worldwide, usually in association with flowers but with some species breeding on leaves.

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Click to see a list of the 171 species.


Bhatti JS (1973) A preliminary revision of Sericothrips Haliday, sensu lat., and related genera, with a revised concept of the tribe Sericothripini. Oriental Insects 7: 403-449.

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

Mound LA & Tree DJ (2009) Identification and host-plant associations of Australian Sericothripinae (Thysanoptera, Thripidae). Zootaxa 1983: 1-22.

Wang, C-L. (2007) Hydatothrips and Neohydatothrips (Thysanoptera, Thripidae) of East and South Asia with three new species from Taiwan. Zootaxa 1575: 47-68.

Lima EFB & Mound LA (2016) Systematic relationships of the Thripidae subfamily Sericothripinae (Insecta: Thysanoptera). Zoologischer Anzeiger 263:24-32.

Lima EFB & Mound LA (2016) Species-richness in Neotropical Sericothripinae (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) Zootaxa 4162 (1): 1-45

Genera included

Hydatothrips Karny, 1913

Neohydatothrips John, 1929

Sericothrips Haliday, 1836