How to Manage : Myoporum Thrips

The myoporum thrips, Klambothrips myopori (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae), is an invasive species that has been causing great damage to Myoporum plants in landscapes and nurseries along the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco. Native to New Zealand, this thrips has a limited host range and is primarily found on Myoporum trees, shrubs and groundcovers.

Little is known about myoporum thrips, and it was only recently described in the scientific literature from samples collected in California and sent to Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. It is a new genus, Klambothrips, and the new species name is Klambothrips myopori.

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