Biology and distribution
Described from Florida USA, seen also from Tennessee USA and Missouri USA; introduced to and widespread in glasshouses in Europe, also recorded from Java and Australia (Mound et al. 2013) and China (Zhu et al. 2013).
Commonly found on Dieffenbachia, Homalonema, Philodendron, Schefflera und Syngonium.
Morgan AC (1913) New genera and species of Thysanoptera with notes on distribution and food plants. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 46: 1–55.
Watson JR (1919) Additions to the Thysanoptera of Florida VI. Florida Buggist 3: 2–7.
Mound LA & Marullo R (1996) The Thrips of Central and South America: An Introduction. Memoirs on Entomology, International 6: 1–488.Hoddle HS, Mound LA & Paris D (2012) Thrips of California 2012. LINK
Mound LA, Tree DC & Sartiami D (2013) The greenhouse pest, Echinothrips americanus Morgan, recorded for the first time from Australia and Java. Myrmecia 49: 54-57.
Zhu L, Shi B, Gong Y, Wang Z, Kang Z & Mirab-balou M (2013) Host preference of Echinothrips americanus Morgan for different vegetables. Acta Ecologica Sinica 33: 1607-1614.
Holotype ♀ (D. floridensis): Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville.
Paratype & allotype (E. americanus): National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.