Biology and distribution
Described from Aburi, Ghana from Stropanthus gratus flowers (Apocynaceae)(T. pusillus) and Cameroon (T. meliaefloris).
Distribution: In Africa wide-spread and common. T. pusillus is highly polyphagous and it is known to cause damage on flowers of coffee, lemon, maize and other poaceous crops, but also on fruits of banana plants.
Bagnall RS (1926) Brief descriptions of new Thysanoptera XV. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (9)18: 98–114.
Hood JD (1932) New species of the genus Thrips from Central Africa and Egypt. Bulletin de la Societe Royale entomologique d’Egypte 1932: 115–140.
Mound LA (1968) A review of R.S. Bagnall’s Thysanoptera collections. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology 11: 1–181.
Mound LA (2010) Species of the genus Thrips (Thysanoptera, Thripidae) from the Afro-tropical Region. Zootaxa 2423: 1–24.
Lectotype ♀ (T. pusillus): The Natural History Museum, London.