Biology and distribution
Described from Grenada on cacao leaves (A. angulatus) and Paramaribo, Suriname (H. venustulus). Paratypes from Trinidad on Chloropora tinctoria
Distribution: Widespread around the Caribbean islands; reported from Florida, USA, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Surinam and French Guyana (Ulitzka unpublished). Introduced into Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia and Fiji as well as Azores and Madeira.
Anisopilothrips venustulus is leaf-feeding, and possibly polyphagous, but with no particular host plant recorded as bearing larvae. Up to now, it has never appeared as a pest.
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Hood JD (1925) New neotropical Thysanoptera collected by C.B. Williams. Psyche 32: 48–69.
Wilson (1975) A Monograph of the subfamily Panchateothripinae (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 23: 1-354.
Mound LA & Marullo R (1996) The Thrips of Central and South America: An Introduction. Memoirs on Entomology, International 6: 1-488.
Holotype ♀ (H. venustulus): Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt.
Lectotype ♀ (A. angulatus): National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.