Hispines of the World


Acritispa Uhmann 1940e: 143




Acritispa Uhmann 1937: 336 (unavailable name).

Type Species


Physocoryna dilatata Uhmann.



Acritispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • the lateral margins of the pronotum and the elytra without long, stiff spines
  • the head without a frontal horn
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • antennae short, barely reaching the anterior margin of the pronotum; clavate; with 8-antennomeres, 7 and 8 almost fused
  • elytra tuberculate



Head: medial sulcus present; vertex micropunctate.

Antenna: with 8‑antennomeres; antennomeres 1 and 2 subequal in length; 3 widened apically; 7 as wide as 8, difficult to distinguish; 8 hirsute club.

Pronotum: wider than long; tooth present in anterior angle; lateral margin evenly convergent from base to apex; two tooth‑like projections present on lateral margin; densely coarsely punctate.

Elytron: tuberculate; greatly expanded at apex; lateral and apical margins dentate; with lateral and transverse plicae (folds); translucent at exterior apical angle.

Leg: profemur expanded apically.



Bolivia, Brazil, Panamá, and Paraguay.

World Fauna


Described species: 2 (Staines 2012). Key to species: Staines (1988).






Staines, C. L. 1988. A review of the species of Acritispa Uhmann (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Hispinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 90:192‑195.

Staines, C. L. 2012. Tribe Chalepini. Catalog of the hispines of the world (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). http://entomology.si.edu/Collections_Coleoptera.html

Uhmann, E. 1937. Übersicht über die ersten Gattungen der Uroplatini (Col. Chrys.). (67. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen). Entomologische Blätter 33:336-337.

Uhmann, E. 1940. Die Genotypen der von mir aufgestellten Hispinen-Gattung. 88. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Col. Chrys.). Entomologisk Tidskrift 61:143-144.


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