Thrips Fauna of Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim With First Description of Hitherto Unknown Male Smilothrips productus Bhatti


  • R R Remani ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru 560024, Karnataka, India.
  • Th D Songomsing Chiru Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences, Manipur University, Imphal 795003, Manipur, India.
  • Th Johnson Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences, Manipur University, Imphal 795003, Manipur, India.
  • R Varatharajan Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences, Manipur University, Imphal 795003, Manipur, India.



Survey, Thrips, Sikkim, Terebrantia, Tubulifera Himalaya, Khangchendzonga National Park, Host Plant, Phyllophilous, Anthophilous, Mycophagous, Smilothrips.


Survey was conducted to assess thrips fauna of Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP), Sikkim Himalaya during 2020 and 2021 and it resulted in the collection of 44 species of thrips at the altitude ranging from 899-2035 m asl. In terms of feeding diversity, 18 phyllophilous, 15 anthophilous, 2 gall inducers, 4 mycophagous and 5 grass inhabiting thrips were recorded. The previously unknown male of Smilothrips productus Bhatti is also described for the first time. The individuals of S. productus collected from India were found to be only macropterous, while that of Chinese forms include both micropterous and brachypterous.


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Remani, R. R., Songomsing Chiru, T. D., Johnson, T., & Varatharajan, R. (2023). Thrips Fauna of Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim With First Description of Hitherto Unknown Male <i>Smilothrips productus</i> Bhatti. Indian Journal of Entomology, 86(2), 462–471.



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