First report of the new world thrips genus Plesiothrips Hood (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) from India with a note on Plesiothrips perplexus (Beach)
The New World grass thrips genus Plesiothrips Hood belongs to family Thripidae and recognized by 17 described species around the globe. The genus Plesiothrips is recorded from India for the first time based on Plesiothrips perplexus (Beach). P. perplexus is widespread in tropical and subtropical countries, in association with weedy grasses and is variable in colour and chaetotaxy. Diagnosis and illustrations of P. perplexus are given.