Hispines of the World


Exothispa Kolbe 1897: 355





Type Species


Exothispa reimeri Kolbe.



Exothispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • Large (>17 mm)
  • Lateral margin of pronotum or elytra without long, stiff spines
  • Head without frontal horn between antennae
  • Pronotum with lateral margin straight, with seta in each anterior and posterior angle
  • Elytra at base nearly 2x as wide as pronotum
  • Anterior margin of prosternum not projecting forward, not covering mouth



Body glabrous; shining; narrowed anteriorly, widened posteriorly; reddish-brown, mouth, eyes, antennae, and legs black.

Head: elongate; vertex with 3 sulci; frons simple; eye small, weakly rounded, placed distant from anterior margin of pronotum; maxillary palps with apical palpomere ovate, preceding ones thicker.

Antenna: as long as head and pronotum combined; thick, with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 subglobose, large; 2 to 10 transverse; 8 very short; 11 pointed at apex.

Pronotum: longer than wide; lateral margin straight; anterior angle acute; posterior angle with small tooth; posterior margin bisinuate; glabrous; surface punctate, punctures sparser laterally.

Elytron: at base nearly 2x width of pronotum; exterior apical angle rounded; surface lightly punctate-striate; humerus tuberculate, carinate.

Venter: prosternum narrow between coxae, sinuate posteriorly; mesosternum with transverse tubercle apically; abdominal sterna conical, impunctate laterally, suture between sterna obsolete medially.

Leg: tibia without tooth, curved apically; tarsal claws divergent.




World Fauna


Described species: 1- Exothispa reimeri Kolbe (Staines 2012).






Kolbe, H. J. 1897. Afrikanische Coleoptera des Königlichen Museums für Naturkunde zu Berlin. Entomologische Nachrichten 23:348-355.

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


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