Print Fact SheetPoecilothrips dens

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors.

Related species

The genus Poecilothrips currently includes three species; P. albopictus is widespread, one species is from South Africa, and P. dens Moulton is from California. This third species is known from only two specimens (Cott, 1956) and, since the metanotum is longitudinally reticulate rather than striate (Mound & Marullo, 1996), it is possibly not closely related.

Biological data

Presumably breeding on dead branches and feeding on fungal hyphae.

Distribution data

Recorded only from California.

Family name


Species name

Poecilothrips dens (Moulton)

Original name and synonyms

Trichothrips dens Moulton, 1907: 60


Cott HE (1956) Systematics of the suborder Tubulifera (Thysanoptera) in California. University of California, Berkeley, Publications in Entomology 13: 1–216.

Mound LA & Marullo R (1996) The Thrips of Central and South America: An Introduction. Memoirs on Entomology, International 6: 1–488.