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Family Phlaeothripidae - Tube-tailed Thrips

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Thysanoptera (Thrips)
Family Phlaeothripidae (Tube-tailed Thrips)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
the only member of the suborder Tubulifera(1)
Numbers
by far the largest thrips family, with ~350 spp. in 77 genera in our area(2) and 3500 spp. worldwide, arranged in 2 subfamilies(1)
Identification
Most species are larger and stouter than those in the suborder Terebrantia. Mostly dark brown or black, often with light-colored or mottled wings.
Range
worldwide; more diverse in tropical and subtropical areas; no species appears to be resident at high altitudes or in the subarctic/subantarctic regions(1)
Food
Most are spore feeders, some are predaceous on small insects and mites; others are plant feeders. Some may be of economic importance.
Remarks
Some species contain winged and micropterous (reduced wings) adults. e.g. Hoplothrips cunctans both sexes short-winged.