Hispines of the World

 

Amblispa Baly 1858: 10

 

Synonomys

 

None.

Type Species

 

Amblispa dohrni Baly.

Diagnosis

 

Amblispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • body convex, parallel-sided
  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra without long, stiff spines
  • pronotum with seta in each posterior angle, anterior angle distinctly rounded
  • elytra with scutellar row of punctures
  • antennomere 3 not 3x length of 2
  • tarsomere 2 not concealed by setae of tarsomere 3
  • head with triangular projection between antennae, eyes small, flat
  • pronotum without lateral depressions
  • suture between abdominal sterna 1 and 2 complete

Description

 

Body elongate; parallel-sided; color blue, blue-black or black with greenish tinge, pronotum may be reddish; 5 to 6 mm.

Head: convex; small triangular projection present between antennal bases; eye small, slightly convex; mandible elongate-triangular, dentate; labrum transverse, truncate, with medial carina; maxillary palps with palpomere 1 short, 2 oblong, 3 obconic, short, 4 oval, subequal in length to 2; frons not projecting.

Antenna: reaches to base of pronotum; filiform; antennomere 1 short, oval; 2 slightly longer than 1; 3 obconic, longest; 4 to 10 decreasing in length; 11 longer than 10, pointed at apex.

Pronotum: subquadrate; lateral margin convergent from base to apex, narrowly margined; anterior angle obtuse; anterior margin slightly rounded medially, sinuate behind eye; posterior margin bisinuate; posterior angle acute; surface irregularly punctate, without lateral depressions.

Scutellum: small; pentagonal.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded; sutural angle without tooth; humerus rounded; surface regularly punctate-striate, scutellar row absent; no costae.

Venter: suture between abdominal sterna 1 and 2 complete.

Leg: short; robust; apex of tibia truncate.

Distribution

 

Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka.

World Fauna

 

Described species: 2 (Staines 2012). Key: Maulik 1919.

Hosts

 

Poaceae.

References

 

Baly, J. S. 1858. Catalogue of Hispidae in the collection of the British Museum. London, 172 pp.

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 Callispini. Catalog of the hispines of the world (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). http://entomology.si.edu/Collections_Coleoptera.html

 

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