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Thrips of California 2012

Mycterothrips aureus

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors. Masumoto & Okajima (2006) indicate that the only difference from the common species, M. albus, is the slightly darker body color.

Related and similar species

M. aureus is known only from two females, collected in California. The genus Mycterothrips includes 29 species from many different parts of the world, including both tropical and temperate countries (Masumoto & Okajima, 2006), but with none from Central or South America. Three species are recorded from North America.

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Mycterothrips aureus (Moulton)

Original name and synonyms

  • Taeniothrips aureus Moulton, 1946: 59

Family placement

Thripidae, Thripinae

Biological data

Life history

Not known

Host plants

Not known

Tospoviruses vectored


Crop damage


Distribution data

Area of origin

Western USA