Biology and distribution
Described from Honshu, Japan from Diospyros kaki (Ebenaceae).
Distribution: At present known only from Japan (Honshu and Kyushu). Monophagous on persimmon (Diospyros kaki, Ebenaceae) this thrips causes damage to the leaves and fruits. Due to the wide cultivation of persimmon in Asia P. diospyrosi is likely to have a wider distribution than currently recorded.
Haga K & Okajima S (1983) A new genus and species of Phlaeothripidae (Thysanoptera) harmful to Persimmon from Japan. Annotationes zoologicae Japonensis 56: 241–245.
Okajima S (2006) The Insects of Japan Volume 2 The suborder Tubulifera (Thysanoptera). Fukuoka: Touka Shobo Co Ltd pp. 1–720.
Holotype ♀: Tokyo University of Agriculture.