Hispines of the World


Heterrhachispa Gressitt 1957b: 272





Type Species


Heterrhachispa kurandae Gressitt.



Heterrhachispa 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
  • anterior margin of prosternum not projecting forward, not partly covering mouth
  • less than 14 mm in length
  • elytra without transverse carinae forming an irregular net-like sculpture
  • antennae with 6-antennomeres, antennomere 6 with sensory pits on lower surface



Body small; parallel-sided; yellow with dark brown markings; length 2.9 to 3.5 mm.

Head: small; vertex strongly punctate, depressed; with blunt projection between antennal bases; clypeus emarginate.

Antenna: as long as head and pronotum combined; with 6-antennomeres; antennomeres 1 and 2 rounded, subequal in length; 3 longer than 1 or 2; 4 to 5 each shorter than 3; 6 longest, with sensory pits on lower surface.

Pronotum: quadrate; lateral margin sinuate, narrowly margined; anterior angle rounded; anterior margin slightly curved over head; posterior angle acute; posterior margin bisinuate; surface densely punctate; with basal impression and depression on each side after middle.

Scutellum: quadrate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded, crenulate; sutural angle without tooth; humerus rounded, not produced; slightly constricted behind humerus; with 10 rows of irregular punctures, scutellar row absent; interspaces 4 and 8 costate, 2 and 6 carinate.

Venter: deeply punctate.

Leg: short.




World Fauna


Described species: 1- Heterrhachispa kurandae Gressitt (Staines 2012).






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

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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