New distributional records of fungus feeder Thrips (Thysanoptera) from Odisha, India
Keywords:Fungus feeders, Idolothripinae, India
Thrips belong to the order Thysanoptera and are known for their diverse feeding habitats from leaf feeders to fungal spore feeders. Till now, Odisha state was poorly surveyed and known by 35 species of order Thysanoptera including two species of subfamily Idolothripinae. Further, to explore the thrips diversity especially the members of the Idolothripinae, multiple field surveys were conducted from 2019 to 2022 in Odisha state of India, and collected 7 species of the subfamily Idolothripinae for the first time. These 7 species of thrips are Dinothrips spinosus (Schmutz), Gastrothrips acuticornis (Hood), Gastrothrips falcatus (Ananthakrishnan), Loyolaia indica Ananthakrishnan, Nesothrips brevicollis (Bagnall), Nesothrips lativentris (Karny) and Nesothrips minor (Bagnall). Species diagnosis, material studied, distribution, and illustrations of these new taxa are also provided.