Hispines of the World


Callanispa Uhmann 1959b: 229




Callinispa Uhmann (misspelling).

Type Species


Callanispa rasa Uhmann.



Callanispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra with short, stiff spines
  • antennomere 1 without spine
  • pronotum with anterior margin with blunt, bifurcate spine on each side, with 2 oval swellings laterally
  • elytral disc without spines or tubercles
  • tarsal claws not fused, symmetrical



Body small; elongate; subparallel; subconvex; color black; total length 4.6 to 5.0 mm.

Head: wide; convex; vertex with medial carina which becomes small projection between antennal bases, punctate, depressed between eyes; frons rugose; eye large, convex.

Antenna: short; thickening apically; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 incrassate, 2½x length of 2, without spine; 2 transverse; 3 to 5 cylindrical, decreasing in length; 6 to 10 transverse, subequal in length; 11 slightly longer than 10, pointed at apex; 1 to 6 with scattered setae; 7 to 11 setose.

Pronotum: transverse; lateral margin rounded, with 3 spines on common base (3); anterior angle angulate, with small tubercle; anterior margin slightly curved forward, with blunt, bifurcate spine on each side; posterior angle acute; posterior margin bisinuate; surface punctate, with 2 oval swellings laterally.

Scutellum: cordate; finely punctate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight; exterior apical angle and apical margin rounded; both margins with short, blunt spines; humerus weakly angulate; with 10 rows of punctures plus scutellar row; disc without spines or tubercles.

Leg: slender; punctate; protibia expanding apically, obliquely truncate at apex; tarsal claws not fused, symmetrical.



South Africa.

World Fauna


Described species: 1- Callanispa rasa Uhmann (Staines 2012).






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

Uhmann, E. 1959b. Callanispa rasa gen. nov., spec. nov. aus Südafrika. 195. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinae (Coleopt.: Chrysomelidae). Journal of the Entomological Society of South Africa 22:229-232.


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