Male specimen of Plectrothrips crocatus, from Thrips of California.

Belongs within: Phlaeothripidae.

The Plectrothripini is a group of thrips distinguished by having the sensorium on the second antennal segment in the basal rather than the distal section of the segment. The species Lonchothrips linearis is distinctive in having the body sclerotisation much reduced, with the pronotum in particular being largely membranous; in other genera, the pronotal sclerite is well developed, though it is anteriorly eroded in Chirothripoides (Mound & Marullo 1996).

Characters (from Priesner 1960): Whole body strongly flattened. Mouth cone very short, broadly rounded. Antennal segment II with sensorium located between base and center; segments (III or)IV to VII stalked, segment VIII fusiform. Forelegs strongly thickened, flat. Body bristles long, pointed. Pronotal sclerite partially replaced by punctate membrane. Hind tibiae often with spur.

<==Plectrothripini MM96
    |--Chiridothrips P60
    |--Dunatothrips P60
    |--Eurytrichothrips P60
    |--Hammatothrips P60
    |--Mastigothrips P60
    |--Priesnerothrips Hood 1954 [=Myopothrips Hood 1954 (preoc.)] MM96
    |    `--*P. amazonicus (Hood 1954) [=*Myopothrips amazonicus] MM96
    |--Lonchothrips Hood 1957 MM96
    |    `--*L. linearis Hood 1957 MM96
    |--Chirothripoides Bagnall 1915 MM96
    |    |--*C. typicus Bagnall 1915 MM96
    |    `--C. dendropogonus Watts 1934 MM96
    |--Menothrips Hood 1957 MM96
    |    |--*M. ebriosus Hood 1957 MM96
    |    `--M. asiaticus Okajima 1990 MM96
    |--Streptothrips Priesner 1932 MM96
    |    |--*S. mirabilis MM96
    |    |--S. impatiens (Hood 1925) [=Plectrothrips impatiens] MM96
    |    `--S. rostratus Bournier 1992 MM96
    `--Plectrothrips Hood 1908 MM96
         |--*P. antennatus Hood 1908 MM96
         |--P. biscuspis Hood 1957 MM96
         |--P. crocatus Cott 1956 MM96
         |--P. debilis Hood 1954 MM96
         |--P. glaber Hood 1954 MM96
         |--P. hoodi Okajima 1981 MM96
         |--P. latus Hood 1941 MM96
         |--P. longisetis Hood 1941 MM96
         |--P. nigricornis Okajima 1981 MM96
         |--P. pallipes Hood 1916 MM96
         |--P. rotundus Okajima 1981 MM96
         `--P. thoracicus Hood 1954 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.

[P60] Priesner, H. 1960. Das System der Tubulifera (Thysanoptera). Anzeiger der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Klasse 13: 283-296.

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