Biology and distribution
Described from Belem, Para, Brazil.
Distribution: Recorded from Angola, Singapore and SE Queensland, Australia; one female in the collection of the British Museum comes from Sulawesi, Indonesien.
Uzelothrips scabrosus breeds on dead twigs, where it presumably feeds on fungal hyphae.
Uzelothrips scabrosus is the only extant species of the thysanopteran family Uzelothripidae. A fossil species, U. eocenicus, is known from Eocene amber from France.
Hood JD (1952) Brasilian Thysanoptera III. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 65: 141-174.
Mound LA, Heming BS & Palmer JM (1980) Phylogenetic relationships between the families of recent Thysanoptera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society of London 69: 111-141.
Tree DJ (2009) Disjunct distribution of Uzelothripidae (Thysanoptera) new to Australia. Zootaxa 2009: 67-68.
Holotype ♀: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.