Print Fact SheetLeucothrips furcatus

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors. It was recorded from California by Bailey (1957: 183) on the basis of eight specimens taken on willow at Davis. It is presumably similar in structure to L. piercei, but has the antennal sense cones forked not simple (Masumoto & Okajima, 2017).

Related species

Five species are recognized in the genus Leucothrips, three of which are known only from the Neotropics (Mound, 1999). As with other species of the Dendrothripinae, the metathoracic furca is enlarged and lyre-shaped, extending to the mesothorax.

Biological data

Leaf-feeding, and recorded from Salix [Salicaceae].

Distribution data

Guatemala, California, Florida, Georgia, Japan.

Family name


Species name

Leucothrips furcatus Hood

Original name and synonyms

Leucothrips furcatus Hood, 1931: 153


Bailey SF (1957) The thrips of California Part I: Suborder Terebrantia. Bulletin of California Insect Survey 4: 143–220.

Masumoto M & Okajima S (2017) Studies on Dendrothripinae (Thysanoptera, Thripidae) from Japan, with new records and one new species. Zootaxa 4362 (3): 405–420.

Mound LA (1999) Saltatorial leaf-feeding Thysanoptera (Thripidae, Dendrothripinae) in Australia and New Caledonia, with newly recorded pests of ferns, figs and mulberries. Australian Journal of Entomology 38: 257–273.