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Thrips of California 2012

Thrips albogilvus

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Described from 10 females and one male, this species has not been studied by the present authors.

Related and similar species

T. albogilvus is unusual among the North American species of genus Thrips for being pale in color but in having discal setae present on the abdominal sternites. This genus is the second largest genus in the Thysanoptera, and currently includes, worldwide, about 280 species. All members of the genus lack ocellar setae I on the head, and they all have ctenidia on tergite VIII posteromesad to the spiracles. Other characters, such as number of antennal segments, number of setae on the fore wing veins, and number of discal setae on the sternites are variable between species (Palmer, 1992; Nakahara, 1994; Mound & Masumoto, 2005).

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Thrips albogilvus Nakahara

Original name and synonyms

  • Thrips albogilvus Nakahara, 1994: 28

Family placement

Thripidae, Thripinae

Biological data

Life history

Possibly flower-living

Host plants

Recorded from Wyethia helenoides (Asteraceae).

Tospoviruses vectored


Crop damage


Distribution data

Area of origin

Western USA