Hispines of the World


Ocnosispa Weise 1910b: 113





Type Species


Chalepus cardinalis Guérin-Méneville.



Ocnosispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • the lateral margins of the pronotum and the elytra lacking long, stiff spines
  • the head lacking a frontal horn
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle
  • the elytra with four prominent costate, with the apex lacking a tooth-like projection
  • the antennae having 11-antennomeres, with the apical four antennomeres being shorter than the others, not thickened at apex
  • the moderately flattened body
  • the slender legs



Body varying in form.

Head: medial sulcus present.

Antenna: with 11-antennomeres, 8 to 11 shorter than 4 to 7; antennomere 1 globular, small; 2 subcylindrical, twice length of 1; 3 to 6 cylindrical, 4 longest.

Pronotum: longer than wide, flattened; margined laterally; basal impression absent; anterior angle with seta, tooth present or absent.

Scutellum: cuspidate (pointed at apex).

Elytron: humerus produced; exterior apical angle toothed or not; with 10 rows of punctures plus scutellar row; 4 costae, costa 2 highly carinate.

Leg: elongate, especially anterior pair.



Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, French Guyana, México, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.

World Fauna


Described species: 22 (Staines 2012). Key to species: Staines (2002)- Central America.






Staines, C. L. 2002. Nomenclatural notes and new species of Sceloenoplini (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). Zootaxa 89: 1-32.

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

Weise, J. 1910. Zweiter Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen. Verhandlunger des Naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn 48: 115‑162.


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