AfrotropicThe Afrotropical region comprises several different elements, although some thrips species have extensive ranges, for example from Angola to Ethiopia. The tropical fauna seems to be widespread across the continent, but southern South Africa has a different thrips fauna from that of the tropics. The African thrips fauna remains poorly known.

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Distribution lists

Zur Strassen distribution lists are available for Ghana, Iran, Kenya, Mocambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zaire.

Identification systems

Palmer JM 1990. Identification of the common thrips of Tropical Africa. Tropical Pest Management 36: 27-49.

Priesner H. 1964b. A monograph of the Thysanoptera of the Egyptian deserts. Publications de la Institut Desert Egypte 13: 1–549.


Pitkin B.R. & Mound LA. 1973. A catalogue of West African Thysanoptera. Bulletin de l'Institut Fondamental de l'Afrique Noire 35: 407–449.

Zur Strassen R. 2006. Checklist of the Thysanoptera (Insecta) of southern Africa. African Entomology 14 (1): 63–68.


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