Brakothrips Crespi, Morris & Mound,

Mound, Laurence A. & Wells, Alice, 2020, Host-shifts at family level in the Australian Acacia-thrips lineage (Thysanoptera Phlaeothripinae) with two new species, Zootaxa 4816 (2), pp. 202-208: 203

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Brakothrips Crespi, Morris & Mound


Brakothrips Crespi, Morris & Mound 

This genus comprises seven described species ( Crespi et al. 2004) with several further undescribed species known only from isolated individuals. Brakothrips  species have been found widely across the arid zone of Australia, between Port Augusta (South Australia), Barrow Island (Western Australia) and Blackall (Queensland), and a single male has been taken in eastern Tasmania. The seven species are small, dark brown, and wingless, with a characteristic basal flange to the third antennal segment, and each of them has the mouth cone long and pointed, extending beyond the fore coxae. These thrips are usually found by beating the fork between two small branches of an Acacia  where the tissue is alive and the thin bark has split and left a small cavity. The adult thrips are minute, and larvae are not known for any species.