Applied Entomology and Zoology

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 131–134 | Cite as

A new record of the tobacco thrips Frankliniella fusca (Hinds) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) from Japan

  • Shiro NakaoEmail author
  • Chisako Chikamori
  • Shûji Okajima
  • Yutaka Narai
  • Tamotsu Murai
Original Research Paper


The tobacco thrips, Frankliniella fusca, which is known as a vector of TSWV and Pantoea ananatis causing center rot of onion, and a serious pest of tobacco, cotton and groundnuts in North America, is newly recorded from the bulbs of Narcissus pseudonarcissus in Honshu, mainland Japan. Two strains were found in Shimane Prefecture. One strain was collected from a bulb produced in Niigata Prefecture in the winter of 2002, and the other was collected from bulbs produced in Fukushima Prefecture in the autumn of 2002. F. fusca can be easily distinguished from other members of this genus in Japan.


Frankliniella fusca Introduced pest Narcissus bulb 



Sincere thanks are due to Dr. Stuart Reitz (USDA-ARS) for his recognition of the voucher specimens of the Fukushima strain and useful information on F. fusca in the USDA, Miss A. Yamao and Mr. T. Shiozaki (Wakayama University) for maintaining and rearing the Niigata strain for a period, and Drs. A. Kasai and Y. Yoshiyasu (Kyoto Prefectural University) for technical advice for scanning electron microscopy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiro Nakao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chisako Chikamori
    • 1
  • Shûji Okajima
    • 2
  • Yutaka Narai
    • 3
  • Tamotsu Murai
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied Entomology, Graduate School of Life and Environmental SciencesKyoto Prefectural UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Laboratory of Entomology, Faculty of AgricultureTokyo University of AgricultureAtsugiJapan
  3. 3.Shimane Agricultural Technology CenterIzumoJapan
  4. 4.Laboratory of Applied Entomology, Department of Bioproductive Science, Faculty of AgricultureUtsunomiya UniversityUtsunomiyaJapan

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