Mound, Laurence, Goldarazena, Arturo, Lopez-Guillen, Guillermo & Hance, Thierry, 2016, Replacement names for two homonyms of Liothrips brevitubus Karny: one from California, the other for a species damaging Jatropha crops in Mexico, Zootaxa 4208 (6), pp. 594-599: 594

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Liothrips  species of economic interest

The most widespread Liothrips  of economic importance is L. vaneeckei  , the lily-bulb thrips that was described from Europe but which has been moved around the world by the horticultural trade in bulbs and orchids. Three other species of Liothrips  have also been reported as localized plant pests. Liothrips oleae  is a pest of olive trees in the European Mediterranean countries ( Moritz et al. 2004). Liothrips adisi  was described as a pest of the commercial liane Paullinea cupana in Brazil, and Liothrips austriacus  has been implicated as a pest of Pistacia  crops in Iran ( Minaei & Mound 2014). In addition, three species in this genus have been investigated as biocontrol agents of weedy plants, L. urichi  against Clidemia hirta ( Simmonds 1933)  , L. mikaniae  against Mikania micrantha ( Cock 1982)  , and L. tractabilis  against Campuloclinium macrocephalum ( Mound & Pereyra 2008)  . The species of Liothrips  reported here as damaging Jatropha  in Mexico is of considerable potential interest in economic entomology because of increasing interest in the cultivation of Jatropha  as a profitable crop.