Hispines of the World


Lasiochila Weise 1916: 38




Anisoderopsis Maulik 1916: 570.

Type Species


Anisodera excavata Baly.



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



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.



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.



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

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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