Hispines of the World


Demotispa Baly 1858: 65




Demothispa Gemminger & Harold 1876: 3599.

Demosthispa Donckier 1899: 545.

Pseudimatidium Aslam 1965: 691.

Type Species


Demotispa pallida Baly.



Demotispa 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; mouthparts not projecting forward; interantennal carina distinct
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle, rounded, anterior margin without notches
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra without costae, rounded
  • the antennae with 11-antennomeres, filiform; antennomeres 1 to 2 subequal in length
  • tibia not pointed externally



Body elongate to elongate-oval, flattened.

Head: small; frons vertical; antennal base with keel or may be broadly separated; interantennal carina distinct; eye slightly protruding; maxillary palp with palpomeres 2 to 4 subequal in length.

Antenna: with 11-antennomeres, long, filiform; antennomeres 1 to 2 short, subequal in length; subglobular; 3 longest, 4 to 11 subequal in length.

Pronotum: slightly narrower than base of elytra, transverse; lateral margin curved, narrowly laminate.

Scutellum: pentagonal, cuspidate behind.

Elytron: oblong‑oval, wider than pronotum, convex, indented behind humerus; lateral margin often expanded, smooth; with 10 rows of punctures plus scutellar row.

Venter: prosternum narrow; mesosternum transverse; 4 visible abdominal sterna.

Leg: short; claws divaricate.



Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.

World Fauna


Described species: 28 species (Staines 2012). Key to species: Spaeth (1938)- group 4; Uhmann (1937, 1948); Sanderson (1967).



Arecastrum, Areca, Astrocaryum,Bactris, Chamaedorea, Cocos, Desmoncus, Elaeis, Geonoma, Phoenix, Pritchardia, Washingtonia (Arecaceae).



Aslam, N. A. 1965. OnHispoleptis Baly (Coleoptera, Hispidae) and Imatidium F. (Coleoptera, Cassididae). The Annals and Magazine of Natural History (13)8:687-693.

Baly, J. S. 1858. Catalogue of Hispidae in the collection of the BritishMuseum. London, 172 pp.

Donckier de Donceel, H. 1899. Catalogue systematique des Hispides. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 68:540‑615.

Gemminger, M. & B. von Harold. 1876. Catalogus Coleopterum hucusque descriptorum, synonymicus et systematicus. Williams & Norgate, London. Vol. 12:3479-3822.

Sanderson, M. W. 1967. New West Indian Hispinae, with notes and keys (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Caribbean Journal of Science 7:135‑139.

Spaeth, F. 1938. Die Gattung Himatidium Fabr. (Col. Cassidinae). Revista de Entomología Rio de Janiero 9:305-317.

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

Uhmann, E. 1937. Hispinen-Minen aus Costa Rica. II. Teil. 62. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Arbeiten über physiologische und angewandte Entomologie aus Berlin-Dahlem 4:61-66.

Uhmann, E. 1948. Neue Hispinae aus Südamerika (Col. Chrysom.). 107. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinae. Revista de Entomología Rio de Janeiro 19:207-230.


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