Hispines of the World


Klitispa Uhmann 1940e: 122




Klitispa Uhmann 1939c: 40 Nomen nudum.

Type Species


Agonia nigripennis Weise.



Klitispa 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 posterior angle
  • elytra without scutellar row of punctures
  • tarsi with 1 claw, claw directly caudally, thick at base



Body elongate; convex; subparallel; color yellowish-brown to black; total length 3.5 to 5.7 mm.

Head: large; vertex impunctate; eye convex.

Antenna: thickening to apex; reaches to humerus; with 11-antennomeres; antennomeres 1 and 2 thicker than others; 1 subincrassate, longer than 2; 2 transverse; 3 to 11 cylindrical, 3 longest; 4 to 10 decreasing in length; 11 pointed at apex.

Pronotum: conical; widest at base; lateral margin sinuate, margined; anterior angle rounded; posterior angle acute; posterior margin bisinuate; without 2 deep basal impressions.

Scutellum: elongate; rounded at apex.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; apex rounded; humerus rounded, not produced; with 8 rows of punctures, rows 7 and 8 merge; tricostate, costa 3 complete.

Leg: tarsi with 1 claw, thickened at base, directed caudally.



China, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.

World Fauna


Described species: 6 (Staines 2012). Key: Chen et al. 1986, Kimoto 1999.



Miscanthus (Poaceae).



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.

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.

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

Uhmann, E. 1939c. Hispinen von Java aus der Sammlung des Herrn F. C. Drescher. 78. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Col. Chrys.). Treubia 17:37-43.

Uhmann, E. 1940e. Die Genotypen der von mir aufgestellten Hispinen-Gattung. 88. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Col. Chrys.). Entomologisk Tidskrift 61:143-144.


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