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Thrips of California 2012

Chirothrips patruelis

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors. It is very similar in structure to C. falsus, apparently differing in having the submarginal line of sculpture on the sternites more strongly formed.

Related and similar species

Nakahara & Foottit (2012) provide a key to17 species of Chirothrips from North America, and as a result of that work there are now 46 species worldwide listed in this genus. The key to species provided by zur Strassen (1960) treated the genus in a broad sense, whereas Bhatti (1990) created six new genera for these species, including Arorathrips for several species from theNew World that have the mesothoracic endofurca reduced. C. patruelis is closely related to the widespread species, C. falsus.

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Chirothrips patruelis Hood

Original name and synonyms

  • Chirothrips patruelis Hood, 1940: 550

Family placement

Thripidae, Thripinae

Biological data

Life history

Each larva presumably develops within a single floret of a grass

Host plants

Unidentified Poaceae

Tospoviruses vectored


Crop damage


Distribution data

Area of origin

North America


California, New York, Maine, Hawaii.