Hispines of the World


Homalispa (s. str.) Baly 1858: 33





Type Species


Homalispa batesii Baly.



Homalispa (s. str.) 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 projecting forward
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra without costae, rounded, margins serrulate
  • the antennae with 11-antennomeres, filiform, antennomere 3 not the longest



Body oval or oblong‑oval, rather flat.

Head: small; eye elongate; frons depressed, obliquely directed forward; labrum large, visible from above; mandible long, bidentate; labium large, almost as long as wide; clypeus short, with one narrow cross striation which is ledge‑shaped and curved upwards; mouthparts projecting forward.

Antenna: with 11-antennomeres, thin, filiform, inserted in a frontal depression, not separated by a keel; antennomere 3 not longest.

Pronotum: transverse; lateral margin convergent apically; anterior margin angularly pointed; narrower than elytra.

Scutellum: pentagonal, cuspidate behind.

Elytron: wider than pronotum, indented behind humerus; humerus impunctate; lateral and apical margins smooth; with 10 rows of punctures plus scutellar row.



Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad.

World Fauna


Described species: 27 species (Staines 2012). Key to species: none.



Lasiacis, Olyra (Poaceae); Oenocarpus (Arecaceae).



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

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


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