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Thrips of California 2012

Leptothrips primigenus

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors.

Related and similar species

Doubts concerning the validity of this species are indicated under L. mali.

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Leptothrips primigenus Johansen

Original name and synonyms

  • Leptothrips primigenus Johansen, 1987: 72

Family placement

Phlaeothripidae, Phlaeothripinae

Biological data

Life history

Presumably predatory.

Host plants

Female holotype was collected from Ceanothus integerrimus, with further specimens collected in Mexico from various plants.

Tospoviruses vectored


Crop damage


Distribution data

Area of origin

Western USA


California, Mexico.