Hispines of the World


Calamispa Gressitt 1957b: 241





Type Species


Calamispa fasciata Gressitt.



Calamispa 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
  • antennomere 1 without spine-like process
  • anterior angle of pronotum not projecting
  • elytra without scutellar row, no costae
  • anterior margin of prosternum not projecting forward, not partly covering mouth



Body elongate, narrow; subparallel; flat; color orange-red with dark violet metallic markings; total length 5.5 mm.

Head: large; with quadrate cephalic plate, medial sulcus present; frontal horn narrow, subacute apically; frons long, narrow, pubescent; eye large.

Antenna: filiform; reaches to humerus; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 distinctly longer than 2 and 3 combined; 2 shorter than 3; 4 to 10 subequal in length, each longer than 3; 11 longer than 10, pointed at apex.

Pronotum: slightly longer than wide; lateral margin rounded, without distinct anterior or posterior angles, finely margined; anterior margin rounded; posterior margin bisinuate; surface sparsely punctate, with 2 sizes of punctures.

Scutellum: short; rounded at apex.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apical margin rounded; humerus angulate, not produced; with 8 rows of punctures at base, with additional rows of punctures present near apex, scutellar row absent; no costae.

Venter: sparsely punctate; anterior margin of prosternum not projecting forward, not partly covering mouth.



Solomon Islands.

World Fauna


Described species: 1- Calamispa fasciata Gressitt (Staines 2012).



Calamus (Araceae).



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

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


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