Thrips (genus)

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Thrips tabaci, Frankliniella occidentalis.jpg
Thrips tabaci (left); Frankliniella occidentalis (right)
Scientific classification

Type species
Thrips physapus
Linnaeus, 1758 [1]
Synonyms [2]
  • Achaetothrips Karny, 1908
  • Parathrips Karny, 1907

Thrips is a genus of thrips.


Species in the genus Thrips feed on pollen, and can be major agricultural pests, with several being vectors of tospoviruses.[3]

Thrips obscuratus morphology illustrated by Des Helmore


The name Thrips comes from the Greek word θρίψ meaning woodworm.[4]


Thrips is the largest genus of thrips, with over 280 species,[5] most of which are found in Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. Other species occur on each of the continents, including one species described from Antarctica.[3] Thrips includes the species of thrips most frequently intercepted at ports of entry into the United States, T. tabaci.[3]

The following species are recognised:[5]


  1. ^ "Thrips Linnaeus, 1758". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Thrips Linnaeus, 1758". Fauna Europaea. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c David A. Nickle (2008). "Commonly intercepted thrips at U.S. ports-of-entry from Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean. III. The genus Thrips Linnaeus, 1758 (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)" (PDF). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 110 (1): 165–185. doi:10.4289/0013-8797-110.1.165. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-21.
  4. ^ Kobro, Sverre (2011). "Checklist of Nordic Thysanoptera" (PDF). Norwegian Journal of Entomology. 58: 21–26. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Laurence A. Mound (June 17, 2008). "Genus Thrips Linnaeus, 1758". Thysanoptera (Thrips) of the World – a checklist. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Retrieved February 19, 2011.

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