Similar in structure to M. floridensis but with curved sculpture lines medially on the pronotum.
Although listed from California by Hoddle et al. (2004), no specimens of M. morgani have been studied by the present authors from west of Texas. This eastern North American species is similar in general body form to M. floridensis, but has distinctively curved sculpture lines on the median area of the pronotum. A total of 13 extant species are listed in the genus Merothrips, all from the warmer parts of the world.
Merothrips morgani Hood
Breeding on dead twigs
Feeding on hyphae of unidentified fungi on dead wood.
Possibly eastern North America
USA (Illinois, Connecticut, New York, District of Colombia, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Texas, California, Hawaii), Panama, Galapagos Islands, Australia, India, Kenya (Mound & O'Neill, 1974).