Hispines of the World


Brachycoryna Guerin 1844a: 280




Brachycoryna Dejean 1836: 391 Nomen nudum.

Physocoryna Baly 1885: 90 not Guérin-Méneville 1844 [misapplied name].

Brachycoryna Baly.

Type Species


Brachycoryna pumila Guérin-Méneville.



Brachycoryna 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
  • the elytra with 8 rows of punctures for entire length and 3 regular costae
  • the antennae thickened at apex, clavate, with 7- or 8-antennomeres
  • the prosternum does not expand anteriorly to partly cover the mouth



Head: small; vertex not prominent, with longitudinal sulcus; eye not prominent, separated by more than width of an eye; area around eye, except along pit, rugose; antenna inserted into pit on front of head; pit divided by shallow, central keel.

Antenna: short; with 7‑ or 8‑antennomeres; basal antennomeres more or less similar, penultimate slightly expanded, ultimate forming a hirsute, oval club.

Pronotum: wider than long, narrower than elytra, convex; punctures distributed over entire surface except along apical margin; medial callus usually present on disc.

Scutellum: small; quadrate.

Elytron: oblong‑oval, longer than wide, parallel-sided; apex broadly, evenly rounded; lateral and apical margins serrate; humeral angle rounded; with 10 rows of punctures, punctures usually distinct, arranged in pairs, but sometimes becoming confused, plus scutellar row; intervals 2, 4, 6, and 8 elevated and often costate.

Leg: short; tibia and femur subequal in length; trochanter slightly angular; tibia gradually widening to apex with tuft of setae at apex; femur widest at middle.

Venter: pro‑ and mesosternum punctate in middle, alutaceous.



Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, United States, Venezuela.

World Fauna


Described species: 7 (Staines 2012). Key: Staines 1986b, 1996(1997), 2006b.



Abutilon, Sida, Sphaeralcea (Malvaceae); Waltheria (Sterculiaceae); Artemisia (Asteraceae).



Baly, J. S. 1885. Hispidae. in F. D. Godman & O. Salvin (eds.). Biologia Centrali‑Americana, Zoology, Insecta, Coleoptera, Phytophaga. 6(2):1‑124. London.

Dejean, P. F. M. A. 1836. Catalogue des Coléoptères de la collection de M. le comte Dejean. 3rd ed. Paris. 503 pp.

Guérin‑Méneville, F. E. 1844. Iconographie du regne animal de G. Cuvier, vol. 7, insectes, 576 pp., 104 pls. J. B. Baillière. Paris.

Staines, C. L. 1986b. A revision of the genus Brachycoryna (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Insecta Mundi 1:231‑241.

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


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