Biology and distribution
Described from Java on young top leaves of Ficus benjamina (M. uzeli, P. longitubus) and from Costa Rica (G. garitacambroneroi).
Distribution: Originated from South East Asia, G. uzeli was introduced in many other regions, particularly in the Americas including Galapagos Islands. It also has been reported from northern Australia and New Caledonia.
G. uzeli is breeding within rolled-leaf galls and it is specific to Ficus benjamina (Moraceae). In Europe it is found in glasshouses only.
Zimmermann, A. (1900) Über einige javanische Thysanopteren. Bulletin de l’Insitut Botanique de Buitenzorg Java 7: 6–19.
Bagnall RS (1909) On some new and little known exotic Thysanoptera. Transactions of the Natural History Society of Northumberland 3: 524–540.
Mound LA, Wang C-L & Okajima S (1996) Observations in Taiwan on the identity of the Cuban laurel thrips (Thysanoptera, Phlaeothripidae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society 103: 185–190.
Retana-Salazar AP (2006) Variacion morfologica del complejo Gynaikothrips uzeli-ficorum (Phlaeothripidae: Tubulifera). MES (1) 1: 1–9.
Syntype (M. uzeli): Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt.
Holotype (G. garitacambroneroi): Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose.
Syntype (P. longitubus): The Natural History Museum, London.