Biology and distribution
Described from New Zealand.
Distribution: Widespread and common in New Zealand and Australia; also recorded in Costa Rica and Europe (Hastings, Great Britain and Guernsey; Ulitzka unpublished). Merothrips brunneus is found on dead wood and in grass tussocks.
Ward A (1969) Two new Merothrips (Thysanoptera-Merothripidae) from New Zealand. Records of the Canterbury Museum 8: 359–366.
Mound LA & O’Neill K (1974) Taxonomy of the Merothripidae, with ecological and phylogenetic considerations (Thysanoptera). Journal of Natural History 8: 481–509.
Mound LA, Tree DC & Paris D (2012) Ozthrips – Thysanoptera in Australia.
Cavalleri A, Linder MF & O’Donnell CA (2019) Merothrips meridionalis sp.n. (Thysanoptera: Merothripidae), a new fungivorous species from subtropical South America. Zootaxa 4668, 277–282.
Holotype ♀: New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Auckland.