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Thrips of California 2012

Aeolothrips brevicauda

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors. Apparently similar to Aeolothrips fasciatus, it is described as having the fore wings shorter and broader (length 5.5 times the width), and abdominal tergite IX short (Bailey, 1951: 47).

Related and similar species

This species is apparently very similar to A. fasciatus, and is possibly based on dwarfed individuals (Bailey, 1951: 52). Just over 90 species are placed currently in the genus Aeolothrips, of which more than 50 are from the Palaearctic Region (mainly Europe), and 28 from the Nearctic (mainly western USA). Only two species are recorded from the Neotropics; the one from Chile is probably the same as A. fasciatus, and one from Panama is probably not a member of this genus (Mound & Marullo, 1996).

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Aeolothrips brevicauda Hood

Original name and synonyms

  • Aeolothrips brevicauda Hood, 1935: 105

Family placement


Biological data

Life history

Known only from about six specimens.

Host plants

Not known, possibly predatory on other small arthropods.

Tospoviruses vectored


Crop damage


Distribution data

Area of origin

Western USA


California, Oregon