Hispines of the World


Macrispa Baly 1858: 90





Type Species


Macrispa saundersi Baly.



Macrispa 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 without seta in any angle
  • profemur with tooth on inner margin, meso- and metafemora unarmed
  • elytral punctures confused laterally
  • elytra expanding apically



Large (20-27 mm); elongate; head, antennae, pronotum, venter, and legs black, elytra red.

Head: large; eye oval; vertex depressed, finely rugose; clypeus absent; labrum setose; labium transverse, small; mandible robust, triangular; maxillary palps with palpomeres 1 to 3 obconic, 4 oval, compressed laterally.

Antenna: ½ body length; filiform; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 subglobose; 3 to 6 with elongate punctures; 7 to 11 elongate, impunctate.

Pronotum: subquadrate; lateral margin sinuate, divergent base to apex; surface with apical ½ impunctate, with longitudinal sulcus; basal ½ deeply, coarsely punctate, variolose-punctate laterally; transverse basal impression present.

Scutellum: triangular; impunctate.

Elytron: elongate; dilated apically; apex rounded; sutural angle with acute tooth; surface punctate, punctures in regular rows near suture, confused laterally; interspaces subcostate.

Leg: ventral surface of profemur with deep sulcus, with tooth on inner margin; meso- and metafemora unarmed.



Bangladesh, Bhutan, India.

World Fauna


Described species: 1- Macrispa saundersi Baly (Staines 2012).






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

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


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