About ThripsID: Pest thrips of the world

An introduction to the identification and classification of pest thrips of the world

Gerald Moritz *, David Morris † & Laurence Mound †,‡

*Institut für Zoologie der Universität, Domplatz 4, D-06099 Halle, Germany.
†CSIRO Entomology, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, Australia.
‡School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Chaetanaphothrips signipennis


Anisopilothrips venustulus


Desmothrips australis


Haplothrips aculeatus


This is the third edition of ThripsID. The first two editions were produced under contract for use by the staff of the Australian Quarantine Information Service, at the request of Dr Glynn Maynard.

Preparation of this greatly expanded third edition has been facilitated by a contract with USDA Florida, and we are grateful to Prof. Joe Funderburk for his interest in the project.

The LucID team at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, has given us frequent encouragement and advice in the use of the software. Further information regarding the LucID software can be obtained from their website at www.lucidcentral.org

Dr Peter Cranston collaborated in the purchase of the digital camera and image processing software, and this apparatus was also used to produce his cd-rom Interactive Guide to Australian Aquatic Invertebrates.

The 1400 photomicrographs of slide-mounted specimens of 180 species included here were taken with a JVC 3-chip camera, the multiple images at different focal planes being processed and amalgamated to maximise the depth of field, using the software Automontage from Synoptics Ltd., Cambridge, UK.

We are grateful to CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, and Martin-Luther-University, Developmental Biology, for providing working facilities, and to Dr Paul Ferrar, ACIAR, for organising publication and distribution of this work.

The authors will be pleased to receive comments at the following addresses:
Laurence Mound: laurence@ento.csiro.au
Gerald Moritz: gerald.moritz@zoologie.uni-halle.de

Further information regarding the authors of this key can be obatined from their websites:

Laurence Mound: www.ento.csiro.au/staffhome/lmound.htm
Gerald Moritz: http://www.dev-biol.uni-halle.de/