Phlaeothripidae: Idolothripinae: Allothrips

Nomenclature

  • Allothrips Hood, 1908: 372. Type species Allothrips megacephalusHood
    • Bryothrips Priesner, 1925: 6. Type species Bryothrips pillichelus Priesner

Diversity

The patterns of variation in colour and setal form have been interpreted either as representing four species with many subspecies, or as representing 20 species. Allothrips megacephalus is considered to exist as a cline East/West across North America, and three subspecies described from Australia are thought to have been introduced from southwestern USA or Panama.

Distribution

Widespread across the Holarctic, also in South Africa and Australia, but not usually found in tropical areas.

Biology

Presumably spore-feeding, locally abundant in leaf litter.

Relationships

Tribe Pygothripini, subtribe Allothripina.

Closely related to Priesneriella and Allopisothrips.

Genera A-Z