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Thrips of California 2012

Leptothrips brevicapitis

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors.

Related and similar species

Based on two females from California, San Bernadino County, also one female with one male from Arizona, all four specimens were collected together with specimens listed by Johansen (1987: 55) as L. oribates. They possibly represent the same species.

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Leptothrips brevicapitis Johansen

Original name and synonyms

  • Leptothrips brevicapitis Johansen, 1987: 52

Family placement

Phlaeothripidae, Phlaeothripinae

Biological data

Life history

Presumably predatory.

Host plants

Collected from Pinus species including Pinus ponderosa.

Tospoviruses vectored


Crop damage


Distribution data

Area of origin

Western USA


California, Arizona.