Hispines of the World


Estigmena Hope 1840: 174




Estigmene Hope (misspelling).

Type Species


Estigmena chinensis Hope 1840.



Estigmena can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • body more or less cylindrical
  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra without long, stiff spines
  • head without frontal horn between antennae
  • pronotum with seta in each anterior angle
  • apex of elytra without tooth-like projection
  • elytra without costae apically
  • antennae not thickened apically, apical 4 antennomeres similar to others
  • labrum small with clumps of setae as well as row of setae along anterior margin
  • mentum a regular octagon



Large (10 to 16 mm); elongate; parallel-sided; convex.

Head: large; eye large, oval; with tubercle at base of antenna; labrum small with clumps of setae as well as row of setae along anterior margin; mentum octagonal; mandible large; maxillary palps with palpomeres 2 and 3 obconic, 4 elongate oval, as long as 2 and 3 combined.

Antenna: stout; cylindrical; filiform; ½ body length; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 thick; 2 globose; 3 obconic, subequal in length to 1; 4 to 10 subequal in length; 11 longer than 10, obtusely rounded at apex.

Pronotum: quadrate; lateral margin slightly rounded medially; anterior margin slightly curved toward head, sinuate and emarginate medially.

Scutellum: sharply pointed at apex.

Elytron: elongate; lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded; regularly punctate-striate; interspaces smooth apically.

Venter: prosternum narrow, slightly convex; mesosternum as wide as prosternum.

Leg: short; robust; femora unarmed.



Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.

World Fauna


Described species: 6 (Staines 2012). Key: Maulik 1919, Gressitt & Kimoto 1963a, Abdullah & Qureshi 1969, Chen et al. 1986, Medvedev 1992b, Kimoto 1999.



Bambusa, Cephalostachyrum, Dendrocalamus, Giganthochloa, Schizostachyum (Poaceae).



Abdullah, M. & S. S. Qureshi. 1969. A key to the Pakistani genera and species of Hispinae and Cassidinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), with description of new species from West Pakistan including economic importance. Pakistan Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research 12:95-104.

Chen, S. H., P. Y. Yu, C. H. Sun, C. H. T'an, & Y. Zia. 1986. Fauna Sinica (Insecta: Coleoptera: Hispidae). Science Press, Beijing. 653 pp.

Gressitt, J. L. & S. Kimoto. 1963a. The Chrysomelidae (Coleopt.) of China and Korea. Part 2. Pacific Insects Monograph 1B:301‑1026.

Hope, F. W. 1840. The Coleopterist’s Manual. Part 3. J. C. Bridgewater. London. 191 pp.

Kimoto, S. 1999. Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. VI. Hispinae. Bulletin of the Institute of Comparative Studies of International Cultures and Societies 23: 59-159.

Maulik, S. 1919. Hispinae and Cassidinae of India, Burma and Ceylon. The fauna of British India. Taylor & Francis, London. 439 pp.

Medvedev, L. N. 1992b. Revision of the subfamily Hispinae (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) in the fauna of Vietnam. Part 1. pp. 127-156 In L. N. Medvedev (ed). Systematization and ecology of insects of Vietnam. Nauka, Moscow. 264 pp. [in Russian]

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


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