Compsothrips sp., photographed by Charley Eiseman.

Belongs within: Phlaeothripidae.

Compsothrips is a circumtropical genus of wingless ant-mimicking thrips.

Characters (from Mound & Palmer 1983): Apterous species; colour black, brown or yellow, usually constricted at metathorax with a pair of chalky white markings producing an ant-like appearance; metathoracic sternopleural sutures exceptionally long and extending to hind coxae; antennal segment IV with 2 sense cones; eyes usually prolonged on ventral surface of head; maxillary stylets greater than one-thid head-width apart.

<==Compsothrips Reuter 1901 MM96 (see below for synonymy)
    |--*C. albosignatus (Reuter 1884) (see below for synonymy) MP83
    |--C. aeneus (Hood 1937) [=Oedaleothrips aeneus] MM96
    |--C. baileyi (Hood 1941) [=Oedaleothrips baileyi] MM96
    |--C. bicolor Priesner 1921 MM96
    |--C. brasiliensis (Hood 1952) [=Oedaleothrips brasiliensis] MM96
    |--C. brunneus (Hood 1941) [=Oedaleothrips brunneus] MM96
    |--C. congoensis (Hood 1952) [=Oedaleothrips congoensis] MP83
    |--C. dampfi (Priesner 1926) MM96 [=*Myrmecothrips (sensu Priesner) dampfi MP83, *Formicothrips dampfi MP83]
    |--C. graminis (Hood 1936) [=Oedaleothrips graminis] MM96
    |--C. hoodi (De Santis 1958) [=Leptogastrothrips hoodi] MM96
    |--C. hookeri (Hood 1916) MM96 (see below for synonymy)
    |--C. jacksoni (Hood 1925) MM96 [=Oedaleothrips jacksoni MM96; incl. C. hubbeli Watson 1931 MP83]
    |--C. maroccanus Priesner 1964 MP83
    |--C. oneillae Bournier 1974 MP83
    |--C. pampicola (De Santis 1958) [=Leptogastrothrips pampicola] MM96
    |--C. querci (Watson 1920) [=*Myrmecothrips (sensu Watson) querci] MP83
    |--C. ramamurthii (Ananthakrishnan 1964) (see below for synonymy) MP83
    |--C. reuteri (Trybom 1912) (see below for synonymy) MP83
    |--C. sinensis (Pelikan 1961) [=Oedaleothrips sinensis] MP83
    |--C. sumatranus Priesner 1928 MP83
    |--C. timur (Pelikan 1961) [=Oedaleothrips timur] MP83
    |--C. tristis (Cott 1956) [=Oedaleothrips tristis] MM96
    |--C. uzeli (Hood 1952) [=Oedaleothrips uzeli] MP83
    |--C. walteri (Watson 1933) [=Oedaleothrips walteri] MM96
    `--C. yosemitae (Moulton 1929) [=Formicothrips yosemitae] MM96

Compsothrips Reuter 1901 MM96 [incl. Formicothrips Priesner 1927 MP83, Leptogastrothrips Trybom 1912 MP83, Leurothrips Bagnall 1908 MP83, Macrothrips Buffa 1908 non Bagnall 1908 MP83, Myrmecothrips Watson 1920 MP83, Myrmecothrips Priesner 1926 non Watson 1920 MP83, Oedaleothrips Hood 1916 MP83]

*Compsothrips albosignatus (Reuter 1884) [=Phloeothrips albosignata, *Macrothrips albosignatus; incl. *Leurothrips albomaculata Bagnall 1908] MP83

Compsothrips hookeri (Hood 1916) MM96 [=*Oedaleothrips hookeri MP83; incl. O. bradleyi Hood 1937 MP83, O. campestris Hood 1941 MP83]

Compsothrips ramamurthii (Ananthakrishnan 1964) [=Oedaleothrips ramamurthii; incl. C. ramamurthii bicolor Ananthakrishnan 1966 non C. bicolor Priesner 1921, C. ramamurthii indicus Ananthakrishnan 1973] MP83

Compsothrips reuteri (Trybom 1912) [=*Leptogastrothrips reuteri; incl. Oedaleothrips aemulus Jacot-Guillarmod 1942, O. amabilis Jacot-Guillarmod 1942, Compsothrips recticeps Hood 1925] MP83

*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.

[MP83] Mound, L. A. & J. M. Palmer. 1983. The generic and tribal classification of spore-feeding Thysanoptera (Phlaeothripidae: Idolothripinae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History): Entomology series 46 (1): 1-174.

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