Head and metanotum of Malacothrips curepe, from Mound & Marullo (1996).

Belongs within: Phlaeothripidae.

Malacothrips is a genus of thrips found in leaf litter, characterised by having the head constricted behind the eyes (Mound & Marullo 1996).

Characters (from Mound & Marullo 1996): Head constricted behind eyes; postocular setae well developed; maxillary stylets usually retracted to level of postocular setae; epimera divided into two sclerites, bearing one pair of epimeral setae.

<==Malacothrips Hinds 1902 [incl. Udeothrips Hood 1957]MM96
    |--*M. zonatus Hinds 1902MM96
    |--M. adranes Hood 1938MM96
    |--M. curepe Mound & Marullo 1996MM96
    |--M. fasciatus Hood 1952MM96
    |--M. mediater Hood 1952MM96
    |--M. praeclarus Johansen 1974MM96
    |--M. riverai Medina Gaud 1961MM96
    |--M. roycei Hood 1941MM96
    |--M. tunapuna Mound & Marullo 1996MM96
    `--M. vigilatus (Hood 1957) [=*Udeothrips vigilatus]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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