Hispines of the World

 

Lasiochila Weise 1916: 38

 

Synonomys

 

Anisoderopsis Maulik 1916: 570.

Type Species

 

Anisodera excavata Baly.

Diagnosis

 

Lasiochila 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
  • antennae not thickened apically, apical 4 antennomeres similar to others
  • mentum an elongate pentagon
  • elytral interspaces distinctly raised apically

Description

 

Body parallel-sided; subcylindrical; color chestnut-brown or with reddish pronotum and dark elytra.

Head: large; vertex with faint medial carina; flattened between antennae; labrum short, emarginate, covered in long stiff setae; eyes elongate-oval, coarsely facetted.

Antenna: ½ body length; filiform; antennomere 3 longest; 8 to 11 similar to preceding.

Pronotum: subquadrate; lateral margin slightly sinuate, narrowly margined; anterior margin straight; posterior margin sinuate; surface punctate, punctures less dense along anterior margin; seta present in anterior angle.

Scutellum: cordate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded; sutural angle with tooth; humerus rounded, not produced; with 10 rows of regular punctures plus short scutellar row; even interspaces weakly costate.

Leg: long, slender; femur unarmed.

Distribution

 

Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

World Fauna

 

Described species: 25 (Staines 2012). Key: Maulik 1919, Gressitt & Kimoto 1963b, Chen et al. 1986, Medvedev 1992b, Kimoto 1999.

Hosts

 

Bambusa, Dendrocalamus, Gigantochloa, Miscanthus, Phragmites, Phyllostachys (Poaceae).

References

 

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. 1963b. Supplement to “The Chrysomelidae (Coleopt.) of China and Korea”. Pacific Insects 5(4):921-932.

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. 1916. On Cryptostome beetles in the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1916:567-589.

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

Weise, J. 1916. Synonymische Mitteilungen. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1916:37-41.

 

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