Hispines of the World


Calliaspis Dejean 1836: 391




Cyanaspis Weise 1904: 433.

Type Species


Cassida rubra Olivier.



Calliaspis 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, at base nearly as wide as base of elytra
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra without costae, rounded
  • head with clypeus very small, mouthparts not projecting forward
  • antennae with 10-antennomeres, filiform



Convex; rounded.

Head: deeply inserted into pronotum; depressed between eyes; medial sulcus present.

Antenna: with 10-antennomeres; antennomeres 7 to 10 hirsute; 1 to 6 glabrous.

Pronotum: at base nearly as wide as base of elytra; sparsely punctate; lateral margin strongly curved and convergent toward apex.

Scutellum: broadly triangular.

Elytron: lateral margin laminate, recurved; indented behind humerus; apex conjointly rounded; lateral and apical margins smooth; with 10 rows of punctures plus scutellar row; interspaces wide.

Venter: with 4 visible abdominal sterna; sternite 4 with medial notch on apical margin; metasternum punctate laterally, smooth in middle.



Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname.

World Fauna


Described species: 20 (Staines 2012). Key to species: Borowiec (2003).



Aechmea (Bromeliadaceae)



Borowiec, L. 2003. A new species of Calliaspis Dejean, 1837 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) from French Guyana. Zootaxa 148:1-6.

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

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

Weise, J. 1904. Einige neue Cassidinen und Hispinen. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1904:433-452.


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