Hispines of the World


Decatelia Weise 1904b: 435




Paradecatelia Uhmann 1937b: 154 Nomen nudum.

Paradecatelia Uhmann 1940e: 143.

Type Species


Decatelia lema Weise.



Decatelia 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, finely margined, without lateral teeth
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra with 10 rows of punctures at base and 4 regular costae, humerus rounded without spine or tooth
  • the antennae thickened at apex, with 9- or 10-antennomeres
  • leg with apical tarsomere bearing 2 claws, mesotibia curved
  • anterior margin of prosternum not expanding toward mouth



Body small; rounded in front; eye large.

Head: clypeus triangular, overlapping labrum.

Antenna: reaching humerus, filiform, with 9‑ or 10‑antennomeres; antennomere 2 longer than 1; 3 not significantly longer than 2; apical 5 antennomeres thicker and wider than preceding ones.

Pronotum: slightly wider than long, cylindrical; transverse sulcus present before base; lateral margin constricted before base.

Scutellum: transverse, quadrate.

Elytron: wider than pronotum at humerus, almost parallel-sided; apex widely conjointly rounded; truncate at base; with 10 rows of punctures plus scutellar row; rows 5 to 8 in a longitudinal cavity with angular sides; rows before cavity confused or reduced to 2 or 3 rows.

Venter: abdominal sterna 1 and 2 separated by deep suture; prosternum simple, truncate behind.

Leg: mesotibia curved; tarsal claws moderately divergent.



Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia.

World Fauna


Described species: 7 (Staines 2012). Key: Monrós & Viana 1947.



Chusquea (Poaceae).



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

Uhmann, E. 1937b. Südamerikanische Hispinen aus dem Deutschen Entomolgischen Institut, Berlin-Dahlem. II. Teil. 63. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Arbeiten über morphologische und taxonomische Entomologie aus Berlin-Dahlem 4:153-157.

Uhmann, E. 1940e. Die Genotypen der von mir aufgestellten Hispinen-Gattung. 88. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Col. Chrys.). Entomologisk Tidskrift 61:143-144.

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


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