Hispines of the World


Calyptocephala Chevrolat 1836: 391





Type Species


Cassida nigricornis Germar.



Calyptocephala 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 having a seta in all four angles
  • the anterior margin of the prosternum projecting forward, partially covering the mouth
  • the elytra at base being much wider than the base of the pronotum
  • the elytra having no costae
  • the elytra being rounded at the sides
  • the antennae having 11-antennomeres, with antennomere 3 being shorter than 4 and 5 combined, and by 3 to 4 not having an acute spine on the anterior angle.



Head: rounded, visible dorsally; front subconvex; clypeus transverse, upper margin curved, overlapping antennal base; labrum large, slightly wider than long, apical margin truncate, with medial longitudinal carina; maxillary palps with apical palpomere oblong, longer than preceding; eye oval, slightly convex.

Antenna: filiform; ½ length of body; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 oblong, obconic; 2 thinner and shorter than 1; 3 twice as long as 2; remainder gradually decreasing in length.

Pronotum: twice as wide as long, at base narrower than base of elytra, convex; anterior margin slightly emarginate, angles of emargination obtuse; anterior angle rounded, with seta on cone in anterior and posterior angle; lateral margin curved, convergent anteriorly; posterior margin almost straight.

Scutellum: elliptical.

Elytron: subtriangular or suboval, wide basally, narrowed and rounded apically, convex; humerus prominent, subacute; with 10 rows of shallow, regular punctures, scutellar row absent; no costae.

Venter: prosternum with apex notched, narrowed between coxae, dilated apically, truncate basally, projecting forward to partly cover mouth; abdomen with suture between sterna 1 and 2 obsolete in middle.

Leg: tibia rounded, notched on apical ⅓, exterior margin subangulate; tarsus wide, tarsomere 1 narrower than rest, 4 little longer than lobes of 3; claws simple, divaricate.



Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad, and Venezuela.

World Fauna


Number of species: 11 (Staines 2012). Key to species: Wagener (1881) covered 6 species.



Arecastrum, Astrocaryum, Chamaedorea, Elaeis (Arecaceae); Dioscorea (Dioscoreaceae); Chusquea (Poaceae).



Chevrolat, L. A. A. 1836. in P. F. M. A. Dejean, Catalogue des Coléoptères de la collection de M. le comte Dejean. Troisième edition, revue, corrigée et augmentée, livr. 5, pp. 385‑503. Mequignon-Marvis. Paris.

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

Wagener, B. 1881. Cassididae. Mitteilungen der Müncher Entolomogischen Vereins 5:17-85.


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