Scirtothrips (genus)

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Author(s): Jack Kelly Clark, University of California - Statewide IPM Program
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Scirtothrips Shull, 1909

This genus of thrips is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions and contains around 100 species. Several are important agricultural pests which feed on the surface of leaves and fruits, causing leaf distortions and fruit scarring. The pest species include for example Scirtothrips dorsalis or S. citri.

The genus is characterized, among others, by the closely spaced transverse striae on the surface of the pronotum and the rows of microtrichia on the abdominal tergites.

Type species: Scirtothrips ruthveni

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: