Hispines of the World

 

Leucispa Chapuis 1875: 266

 

Synonomys

 

None.

Type Species

 

Eurispa odewahnii Baly.

Diagnosis

 

Leucispa 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, with tubercles at antennal bases
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior and posterior angle
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection, scutellar row present
  • the prosternum does not expand anteriorly to partly cover the mouth
  • tarsal claws absent

Description

 

Body cylindrical, narrowing basally and apically; yellowish-brown, head, eyes, antennae, legs, and venter black; pronotum with longitudinal black medial vitta.

Head: vertex broad, densely punctate; prolonged in front of eyes, ends in two tubercles on which are the antenna; mandibles thick, bidentate, with setae; maxillary palps subclaviform; labial palps small, subglobose; eye rounded.

Antenna: 1/3 body length; with 10-antennomeres, filiform; antennomere 1 cylindrical, thick; 2 2x length of 1; 3 to 9 subequal in length, each shorter than 2; 10 rounded at apex; punctate, each puncture with short whitish scale.

Pronotum: cylindrical; lateral margin straight, obsolete; anterior and posterior angles rounded; posterior margin bisinuate; surface densely punctate, each puncture with short whitish scale.

Scutellum: oblong, dilated apically.

Elytron: apex with elongate pointed projection; regularly punctate-striate, each puncture with short whitish scale; with 4 costae.

Venter: prosternum large, dilated apically, base truncate; mesosternum transverse.

Leg: short; femur without tooth; tibia with spine-like projection at apex; tarsal claws absent.

Distribution

 

Australia.

World Fauna

 

Described species: 1- Leucispa odewahnii (Baly) (Staines 2012).

Hosts

 

Unknown.

References

 

Chapuis, F. 1875. in J. T. Lacordaire, Histoire naturelle des insectes. Genera des Coléoptères, Vol. 11, Famille des Phytophages, 420 pp. Encylopédique de Roret; Paris.

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

 

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