PalearcticThe palaearctic region extends from the Atlantic coasts of western Europe to Japan and much of China. Some northern species are known to range across this vast area, but the thrips fauna of the northern palaearctic region differs considerably from that of the southern areas around the Mediterranean and north Africa. These southern palaearctic elements in the Sahel zone extend across Iran to northern India.

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Distribution lists

Zur Strassen distribution lists are available for China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Korea, and Taiwan.

Identification systems


Priesner H. 1964a. Ordnung Thysanoptera (Fransenflügler, Thripse). in Franz H, Bestimmungsbücher zur Bodenfauna Europas 2: 1–242. Akademie-Verlag.

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

zur Strassen R. 2003. Die Terebranten Thysanopteren Europas und des Mittelmeer-Gebietes. Die Tierwelt Deutschlands 74: 1–271.


Mound LA, Morison GD, Pitkin BR & Palmer JM. 1976. Thysanoptera. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 1 (2): 1–79.


Minaei K & Mound LA. 2008. The Thysanoptera Haplothripini (Phlaeothripidae) of Iran. Journal of Natural History 42: 2617-2658.

United Arab Emirates

zur Strassen R & van Harten A. 2007. Order Thysanoptera. Arthropod Fauna of the UAE. 1: 133-152.


Okajima S. 2006. The Suborder Tubulifera (Thysanoptera). The Insects of Japan 2: 1–720. The Entomological Society of Japan, Touka Shobo Co. Ltd., Fukuoka.


Europe (general)

Fauna Europea


Marullo R & zur Strassen R. 1995. Thysanoptera. in Checklist delle specie della fauna Italiana. 40: 1–9. Calderini, Bologna.


Fauna Ibérica: Thysanoptera


Zhang W-Q & Tong X-L. 1994. Checklist of thrips (Insecta: Thysanoptera) from China. Zoology (Journal of Pure and Applied Biology) 4: 409-443.


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