Hispines of the World

 

Melanispa Baly 1858: 30

 

Synonomys

 

None.

Type Species

 

Melanispa truncata Baly.

Diagnosis

 

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

Description

 

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.

Distribution

 

Cuba, Guadeloupe.

World Fauna

 

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

Hosts

 

Unknown.

References

 

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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