Hispines of the World


Melanispa Baly 1858: 30





Type Species


Melanispa truncata Baly.



Melanispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • the lateral margins of the pronotum and the elytra without long, stiff spines
  • body elongate, parallel-sided
  • the head without a frontal horn; mouthparts not projecting forward; maxillary palp with palpomere 3 longer than 2
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle, wider than long
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra without costae, rounded, posterior margin smooth, pygidium not exposed, much wider at base than pronotum
  • the antennae with 11-antennomeres, filiform
  • venter with last 3 sternites not hirsute



Head: moderately slender, flat; triangular depression present on vertex; punctate between eyes; palpomere 3 of labial palp clavate, longer and wider than preceding.

Antenna: with 11-antennomeres, slender, filiform, 1/2 length of body; antennomere 1 thickened; 3 longest; 1 to 5 shiny, others dull.

Pronotum: transverse, slightly narrower than elytra; disc depressed; sparsely punctate; lateral margin convergent from base to apex; margined laterally; basal margin bisinuate.

Scutellum: large, triangular.

Elytron: lateral and apical margins smooth; humerus not produced; parallel-sided; truncate at apex; pygidium not exposed; with 10 rows of lightly impressed punctures plus scutellar row.

Venter: pro-, meso-, and metasterna smooth medially, punctate laterally; with 5 visible abdominal sterna.



Cuba, Guadeloupe.

World Fauna


Described species: 2 (Staines 2012). Key to species: none.






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

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


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