The Nearctic is generally interpreted as that part of the Americas north of the Caribbean and north of the USA/Mexican border. However, sub-tropical southern Florida has strong faunal connections with the Caribbean, and parts of northern Mexico share faunal similarities with Southwestern USA. Despite this, there is a remarkable discontinuity in the region of the USA/Mexican border, in that the diverse and worldwide genus Thrips appears to have almost no native species south of this border.

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Distribution lists

A zur Strassen distribution list is available for the United States.

Identification systems

Stannard LJ. 1957. The phylogeny and classification of the North American genera of the sub-order Tubulifera (Thysanoptera). Illinois Biological Monographs 25: 1–200.

Stannard LJ. 1968. The Thrips, or Thysanoptera, of Illinois. Bulletin of the Illinois Natural History Survey 29: 213–552.

Hoddle MS, Mound LA & Paris D. 2008. Thrips of California. CD-ROM published by CBIT, Brisbane. Also available online.

Han Y-F. 1997. Thysanoptera. Economic Insect Fauna of China, 55. Editorial Committee of Fauna Sinica, Science Press, Beijing. 1-514


Diffie S, Edwards GB & Mound LA. 2008. Thysanoptera of Southeastern U.S.A.: a checklist for Florida and Georgia. Zootaxa 1787: 45–62. Available for download from Mapress.

Hoddle M, Mound LA & Nakahara S. 2004. Thysanoptera recorded from California, USA: a checklist. Florida Entomologist 87: 317–323.

Johansen RM & Mojica-Guzman A. 1996. Thysanoptera, pp. 245–273 in, Bousquets JEL, Aldrete ANG & Soriano EG [eds] Biodiversidad, Taxonomía y Biogeographía de Artrópodos de México: hacia una síntesis de su conocimiento. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


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