Black hunter thrips Leptothrips mali, photographed by Parkbiologist223.

Belongs within: Phlaeothripidae.

Leptothrips is a genus of blackish thrips that are predatory on mites (Mound & Marullo 1996).

Characters (from Mound & Marullo 1996): Body colour black, with purple internal pigment. Metanotum with a closely striate median elongate triangular area. Fore tarsus usually lacking a tooth. Both sexes macropterous.

<==Leptothrips Hood 1909 MM96
    |--L. mali (Fitch 1855) (see below for synonymy) MM96
    |--L. arizonensis Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. astutus Johansen 1978 MM96
    |--L. brevicapitis Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. californicus (Daniel 1904) [=Cryptothrips californicus] MM96
    |--L. cassiae (Watson 1920) [=Haplothrips cassiae] MM96
    |--L. cognatopini Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. columbianus Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. confusus Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. costalimai Johansen 1974 MM96
    |--L. distalis (Hood 1925) (see below for synonymy) MM96
    |--L. fasciculatus (Crawford 1909) (see below for synonymy) MM96
    |--L. garciaaldreti Johansen & Mojica 1993 MM96
    |--L. gracilis Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. gurdus Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. heliomanes Hood 1927 MM96
    |--L. jamaicensis Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. larreae Hood 1939 MM96
    |--L. longicapitis Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. macroocellatus Watson 1913 MM96
    |--L. maliaffinis Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. mcconelli (Crawford 1910) [=Liothrips mcconelli] MM96
    |--L. minusculus Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. obesus Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. occidentalis Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. opimus Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. oribates Hood 1939 [incl. L. oregonensis Hood 1939] MM96
    |--L. papago Hood 1939 [incl. L. acaciae Hood 1939] MM96
    |--L. pini (Watson 1915) [=Cryptothrips pini; incl. Zygothrips floridensis Watson 1922] MM96
    |--L. primigenus Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. pristinus Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. purpuratus Hood 1925 MM96
    |--L. robustus Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. septemtrionalis Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. singularis Hood 1941 MM96
    |--L. tenuiceps Hood 1950 MM96
    |--L. trinitatensis Johansen 1987 MM96
    |--L. vittipennis Hood 1938 MM96
    |--L. yaqui Johansen 1987 MM96
    `--L. zongolicaensis Johansen 1974 MM96

Leptothrips distalis (Hood 1925) [=Haplothrips distalis; incl. Zygothrips californicus Mason 1926 non Cryptothrips californicus Daniel 1904] MM96

Leptothrips fasciculatus (Crawford 1909) [=Phyllothrips fasciculatus; incl. L. jonesi Karny 1912, Anthothrips nigricornis Jones 1912, L. russelli Morgan 1913] MM96

Leptothrips mali (Fitch 1855) [=Phloeothrips mali; incl. Cryptothrips adirondacks Watson 1921, C. aspersus Hinds 1902, *Leptothrips aspersus] MM96

*Type species of generic name indicated


[MM96] Mound, L. A., & R. Marullo. 1996. The thrips of Central and South America: an introduction (Insecta: Thysanoptera). Memoirs on Entomology, International 6: 1-487.

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