IndomalayaThis region has one of the most diverse thrips faunas in the world, with the fauna of Southeastern Asian countries such as Vietnam and Myanmar being largely unexplored, and much of the older descriptive taxonomy from Java and Sumatra being unreliable. In contrast, there have been extensive studies on the thrips fauna of some parts of India, and it is clear that the northern fauna extending along the mountains to southern China has relationships to the southern Palaearctic fauna rather than to the fauna of the tropical zone.

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Distribution lists

Zur Strassen distribution lists are available for Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaya, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Identification systems

Ananthakrishnan TN & Sen S. 1980. Taxonomy of Indian Thysanoptera. Zoological Survey of India (Handbook Series) 1: 1–234.

Ananthakrishnan TN & Raman A. 1989. Thrips and gall dynamics. Oxford & IBH Publ. Co. 120pp.

Palmer JM & Mound LA. 1978. Nine genera of fungus-feeding Phlaeothripidae (Thysanoptera) from the Oriental Region. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology 37: 153–215.

Reyes, C.P. 1994. Thysanoptera (Hexapoda) of the Philippine Islands. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 42: 107–507.

Palmer JM, 1992. Thrips from Pakistan to the Pacific: a review. Bulletin of the British Museum Natural History (Entomology) 61: 1-76.


Bhatti JS. 1990. Catalogue of insects of the Order Terebrantia from the Indian Subregion. Zoology (Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology) 2: 205-352.

Zur Strassen R. 1994. Some reflections on the composition of the thrips fauna (Insecta: Thysanoptera) of Bali (Indonesia) along the biogeographical Bali-Lombok line. Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg 178: 33-48.

Mound LA & Azidah AA. 2009. Species of the genus Thrips (Thysanoptera) from Peninsular Malaysia, with a checklist of recorded Thripidae. Zootaxa 2023: 55-68. Available online.


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