Hispines of the World


Cyperispa Gressitt 1957b: 268





Type Species


Cyperispa hypolytri Gressitt.



Cyperispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra without long, stiff spines
  • head without frontal horn between antennae
  • pronotum with seta in each angle, flattened, never constricted basally, lateral margin narrowly margined, not projecting over head, with 2 deep pits near posterior margin and pit in each posterior angle
  • anterior margin of prosternum not projecting forward, not partly covering mouth
  • less than 14 mm in length
  • antennae with 11-antennomeres, antennomere 3 1½x length of 1 and 2 combined
  • elytra with strong costa between each row of punctures



Body long, narrow; subparallel; convex; black with reddish markings. Length 4.3 to 7.6 mm.

Head: small; vertex impunctate.

Antenna: ½ body length; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 longer than 2; 3 1½x length 1 and 2 combined; 4-10 decreasing in length, cylindrical; 11 longer than 10, pointed at apex.

Pronotum: longer than wide; convex; lateral margin sinuate, margined; anterior angle rounded; anterior margin slightly curved over head; posterior angle acute; posterior margin bisinuate; surface punctate, setose apically, with 2 deep pits near posterior margin, and pit in posterior angle.

Scutellum: oblong; rounded at apex.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded; sutural angle without tooth; humerus quadrate, not produced; with 10 rows of punctures, scutellar row absent; with strong costa between each row of punctures.

Leg: short; slender.



Solomon Islands.

World Fauna


Described species: 5 (Staines 2012). Key: Gressitt 1957b, Gressitt & Samuelson 1990.



Arecaceae; Hypolytrum, Scleria?, Thoracastachyum (Cyperaceae); Pandanus (Pandanaceae).



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

Gressitt, J. L. & G. A. Samuelson. 1990. Hispinae of the New Guinea‑Solomons Area. II. Tribe Coelaenomenoderini (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). BishopMuseum Occasional Papers 30:259‑278.

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


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