Hispines of the World


Micrispa Gestro 1897b: 65





Type Species


Gonophora sinata Gestro.



Micrispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra without long, stiff spines
  • body broad, expanding apically
  • head without frontal horn between antennae, clypeus well-developed
  • pronotum with seta in each posterior angle, cordate, lateral margin broadly margined
  • elytra without scutellar row of punctures, with 8 rows of punctures, tricostate
  • tarsi with 2 claws



Small; expanding apically; convex; broad; color yellow to black, some species with greenish tinge; total length 2.3 to 4.7 mm.

Head: large; convex; eye large, very convex; clypeus large.

Antenna: with 11-antennomeres; ½ body length; expanding to apex; antennomere 1 subglobose; 2 subequal in length to 1, subglobose; 3 to 4 subequal in length, each shorter than 2.

Pronotum: cordate; convex; lateral margin rounded, broadly margined; anterior angle rounded; posterior angle acute; with longitudinal carina on each side; surface punctate.

Scutellum: subquadrate; rounded at apex; impunctate.

Elytron: lateral margin broadly rounded; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded; humerus rounded, not produced; slightly constricted behind humerus; with 8 rows of punctures; tricostate, all interrupted in middle.

Leg: short; robust; tarsi with 2 claws.



Admiralty Islands, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.

World Fauna


Described species: 28 (Staines 2012). Key: Gressitt 1957b, 1960a, 1963; Chen et al. 1986; Kimoto 1999.



Costus (Costaceae); Cyperaceae; Musa (Musaceae); Alpinia (Zingiberaceae).



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.

Gestro, R. 1897b. Materiali per lo studio delle Hispidae. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova (2)18(38):37-138.

Gressitt, J. L. 1957b. Hispine beetles from the South Pacific (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Nova Guinea n. s. 8:205‑324.

Gressitt, J. L. 1960a. Papuan-West Polynesian hispine beetles (Chrysomelidae). Pacific Insects 2:1-90.

Gressitt, J. L. 1963. Hispine beetles (Chrysomelidae) from New Guinea. Pacific Insects 5:591‑714.

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.

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


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