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Gynaikothrips ficorum abdomen (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Qing-Hai Fan, MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Source: PaDIL


This family of thrips contains more than 3,000 species, including various pest species like Haplothrips tritici which damages wheat in Europe and Asia. The adults of some species can exceed 1 cm in length.

The family is characterized by having a tubelike last abdominal segment in both sexes, segment X, with the anus at the end and the genital opening at the base of that segment. The wings are carried in a crossed position at rest and the antennae usually have 8 segments.

Some species are also beneficial predators, see under predatory thrips

The following genera are currently entered in the system: