Hispines of the World


Anisostena (s. str.) Weise 1910b: 120




Anisostena Chapuis.

Type Species


Charistena elegantula Baly.



Anisostena (Anisostena) can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • · body slender, parallel
  • · 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, finely margined, without lateral teeth
  • · the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • · the elytra with 8 rows of punctures for entire length and 3 regular costae, costae on intervals 2 and 6 unite near apex, humerus rounded without spine or tooth
  • · the antennae thickened at apex, with 11-antennomeres
  • · leg with mesotibia strongly curved, with apical tarsomere bearing 2 claws, femora without large tooth
  • · anterior margin of prosternum not expanding toward mouth



Body elongate, slender, coarsely punctate.

Head: frons medially impressed; vertex with medial sulcus present or absent; eye little swollen.

Antenna: with 11‑antennomeres; antennomere 1 subglobose; 2 cylindrical, as wide as 1; 3 to 6 gradually widening; 7 to 11 forming a club.

Elytron: with 8 rows of punctures plus scutellar row; tricostate; costae on intervals 2 and 6 unite near apex.

Leg: mesotibia strongly curved; femora without large tooth.



Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Hispaniola, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, United States, Venezuela.

World Fauna


Described species: 25 (Staines 2012). Keys: Monrós & Viana 1947; Staines 1993c, 1994d, 1994e 1996(1997), 2006b, 2007e.



Andropogon, Bothriochloa, Panicum, Paspalum, Schizachryium, Sporobolus, Tridens, Tripsacum (Poaceae).



Staines, C. L. 1993c. A revision of the genus Anisostena Weise (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Hispinae). Part I. Introduction and the subgenera Neostena and Apostena. Insecta Mundi 7:183‑190.

Staines, C. L. 1994d. A revision of the genus Anisostena Weise (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Hispinae). Part III. The pilatei species group. Insecta Mundi 8:213-226.

Staines, C. L. 1994e. A revision of the genus Anisostena Weise (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Hispinae). Part IV. The nigrita species group. Insecta Mundi 8:251-264.

Staines, C. L. 1996(1997). The Hispinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) of Nicaragua. Revista Nicaragüense de Entomología 37/38:1-65.

Staines, C. L. 2006b. The hispine beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) of America north of Mexico. Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication Number 13. 178 pp.

Staines, C. L. 2007e. A new species of Anisostena (Anisostena) from Colombia (Coleoptera: Cassidinae). Genus 18(4): 677-680.

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

Weise, J. 1910b. Zweiter Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen. Verhandlunger des Naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn 48:115‑162.


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