Hispines of the World


Aulostyrax Maulik 1929b: 235





Type Species


Aulostyrax nuciferae Maulik.



Aulostyrax can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra without long, stiff spines
  • head with frontal horn between antennae, frontal horn at most ½ length of antennomere 1
  • antennae filiform, antennomere 1 without spine-like process
  • pronotum with anterior margin not prolonged over head, anterior angle oblique, without seta in each anterior angle, with tooth on anterior ⅓ of lateral margin
  • elytra with 8 or 9 rows of punctures at base and scutellar row



Body elongate; parallel-sided; color black or reddish-brown; total length 10.0 to 12.0 mm.

Head: small; convex; with punctate cephalic plate; frontal horn at most ½ length of antennomere 1, bluntly pointed at apex; clypeus angulate; eye large, ovate.

Antenna: filiform; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 incrassate; 2 small, punctate; 3 cylindrical, 2x length of 2; 4 to 10 subequal in length, cylindrical; 11 longer than 10, pointed at apex.

Pronotum: subquadrate; lateral margin straight for basal ⅔, then sharply angulate and obliquely rounded, without seta; anterior angle rounded; anterior margin curved, not prolonged over head; posterior angle acute; posterior margin bisinuate; convex; surface densely punctate.

Scutellum: small; subtriangular, apex rounded.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded; humerus slightly angulate, not produced; at base with 8 rows of punctures plus scutellar row, additional row of punctures present after middle between rows 6 and 7; no costae; surface slightly rugose.

Venter: impunctate.

Leg: short; densely punctate; profemur with tooth on inner apical margin; tibia shorter than femur.



Solomon Islands.

World Fauna


Described species: 2 (Staines 2012). Key: Spaeth 1936a, Gressitt 1957b, 1960a.



Bentnickiopsis, Clinostigma, Cocos, Heterospathe, Metroxylon (Arecaceae).



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

Gressitt, J. L. 1960a. Papuan-West Polynesian hispine beetles (Chrysomelidae). Pacific Insects 2:1-90.

Maulik, S. 1929b. Injurious Hispinae from the Solomon Islands. Bulletin of Entomological Research 20:233-239.

Spaeth, F. 1936a. Ueber die Australasiathischen Cryptonychini. Temminckia 1:277-294.

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


Content last updated April 2014