Hispines of the World


Agoniella Weise 1905g: 116





Type Species


Agonia manilensis Weise.



Agoniella can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra without long, stiff spines
  • body broad
  • head without frontal horn between antennae, clypeus well-developed
  • pronotum with seta in each posterior angle, narrower than base of elytra, strongly convex, with 2 deep impressions basally
  • elytra without scutellar row of punctures, parallel-sided, humerus angulate, glabrous, bicostate
  • tarsi with 2 claws



Body broad; subparallel; subdepressed; glabrous; color brown with black markings.

Head: broad; eye large, slightly convex; clypeus well-developed.

Antenna: reaches to humerus; slightly thickening apically; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 subincrassate, longer than 2; 2 obconic; 3 to 10 cylindrical, 3 longest; 11 pointed at apex.

Pronotum: subquadrate; lateral margin rounded, smooth, margined or not; anterior margin straight; anterior angle rounded; posterior angle acute; posterior angle bisinuate; convex; surface punctate with 2 deep impression basally.

Scutellum: narrow; elongate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded; humerus angulate, not produced; with 6 rows of large, coarse punctures; bicostate.

Leg: short; robust; tarsi with 2 claws.



Indonesia, Malaysia, Moluccas, New Guinea, Philippines, Taiwan.

World Fauna


Described species: 19 (Staines 2012). Key: Maulik 1919, Gressitt 1950, 1957b, 1963.






Gressitt, J. L. 1950. The hispine beetles of China (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Lingnan Science Journal 23(1-2):53-142.

Gressitt, J. L. 1957b. Hispine beetles from the South Pacific (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Nova Guinea n. s. 8:205‑324.

Gressitt, J. L. 1963. Hispine beetles (Chrysomelidae) from New Guinea. Pacific Insects 5:591‑714.

Maulik, S. 1919. Hispinae and Cassidinae of India, Burma and Ceylon. The fauna of British India. Taylor & Francis, London. 439 pp.

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

Weise, J. 1911a. Coleopterorum Catalogus Chrysomelidae: Hispinae. W. Junk, Berlin. pars 35:1-94.


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