Over the past decade two prominent thrips taxonomists, Laurence Mound in Australia and Gerald Moritz in Germany, together with international colleagues, have authored several Lucid Thrips identification tools. The first, a CD for identifying thrips species likely to be intercepted by quarantine officials in Australia, was produced in 1998. This led to further Lucid based products including “Pest Thrips of the World”, and regional tools for use in North America, California and East Africa.
While the early keys were made available to users as CD-ROM products, subsequently all these keys have been updated and re-deployed as online keys and/or as Android/iOS smartphone apps.
Over time, the authors have also added several features to provide additional information and training material for learning about thrips biology, classification and structural features, collecting, and micro-slide preparation. Additional features that have contributed to improved thrips identification include better photomicrographs and links to molecular techniques and data.
Brief details and links to these keys are provided below, in chronological order of publication.
Identification guide to 180 pest species, and all nine families; illustrated by 1500 photomicrographs.
Laurence Mound, David Morris, Gerald Moritz
CD – Version 2003
Citrus Pests Key is aimed at providing non-entomologists with a pest identification tool requiring access to a light microscope and hand lens. The key features 53 insect pests of citrus, including 6 thrips species.
Sarahlynne Guerrero, Jennifer Weeks, Amanda Hodges, Kirk Martin and Norman Leppla.