Austral Thysanoptera: 100 years of progress

  title={Austral Thysanoptera: 100 years of progress},
  author={Laurence A Mound},
  journal={Austral Entomology},
  • L. Mound
  • Published 1 February 2014
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Austral Entomology
An overview of the present state of knowledge of the insect order Thysanoptera in the four southern continents is provided. Knowledge of thrips biology and host associations has increased considerably in Australia, but not in the other three areas. The rich fauna of South America, particularly the southern areas, remains poorly explored, and faunal relationships across the Austral regions are not well documented. 

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Thrips domiciles protect larvae from desiccation in an arid environment

  • J. Gilbert
  • Biology
    Behavioral ecology : official journal of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology
  • 2014
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  • L. Mound
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • 2004
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