Hispines of the World


Cnestispa Maulik 1930: 49





Type Species


Cnestispa darwini Maulik.



Cnestispa 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 plus short scutellar row and 3 regular costae, exterior apical angle expanded, lateral margin serrate
  • the antennae thickened at apex, short, not clavate, with 9-antennomeres, apical antennomere not pointed at apex
  • the prosternum does not expand anteriorly to partly cover the mouth




Antenna: with 9‑antennomeres; short, barely reaching to base of pronotum, not produced into acute point at apex; antennomeres 1 and 2 distinct; 3 to 9 forming elongate, slightly flattened club, 3 longest; 9 broadest at apex.

Pronotum: subcylindrical, narrowed apically; light prescutellar impression present.

Scutellum: rectangular.

Elytron: lateral margin serrate; external apical angle expanding but not spine‑like; with 8 rows of punctures plus short scutellar row.



Argentina, Brazil, Panamá, Paraguay.

World Fauna


Described species: 4 (Staines 2012). Key: Monrós & Viana 1947.



Desmodium (Asteraceae); Centrosema, Cymbosema (Fabaceae).



Maulik, S. 1930. New injurious Hispinae. Bulletin of Entomological Research 21:45-56.

Monrós, F. & M. J. Viana. 1947. Revisión sistemática de los Hispidae Argentinos (Insecta, Coleop. Chrysomeloid.). Anales del Museo Argentino Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia" 42:125-324.

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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