Hispines of the World


Odontota Chevrolat 1836: 388




Odontota Chapuis.

Odontota Dejean.

Type Species


Hispa scapularis Olivier.



Odontota can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • Body wedge-shaped or oblong
  • the lateral margins of the pronotum and the elytra without long, stiff spines
  • the head without a frontal horn
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle, finely margined, without lateral teeth
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra with 10 rows of punctures for entire length plus short scutellar row, with 4 regular costae, costa 3 complete, humerus angulate without spine or tooth, apex regularly rounded
  • the antennae thickened at apex, with 11-antennomeres
  • leg with apical tarsomere bearing 2 claws
  • abdominal sterna 1 and 3 without medial sulcus
  • anterior margin of prosternum not expanding toward mouth



Wedged‑shaped or oblong.

Head: slightly wider than long; vertex trisulcate, area between ocular and medial sulci finely rugo-punctate; frontal ridge cristulate, either elongate or diamond‑shaped; clypeus strongly transverse, prominently raised, base subangulate.

Antenna: with 11-antennomeres; basal antennomere incrassate.

Pronotum: transverse, generally widest medially; lateral margin angulate in middle, bisinuate; dorsum transversely convex, basal depression present or absent.

Elytron: oblong, gradually but slightly dilated from base to apex; apex regularly rounded; exterior apical angle rectangulate; lateral margin serrulate or not; humerus angulate; with 10 rows of punctures plus short scutellar row; costa 3 complete.

Venter: abdominal sterna 1 and 3 without medial sulcus, 5 generally truncate, female with small irregular patch of setae on center elevation.



Canada, México United Staines.

World Fauna


Described species: 7 (Staines 2012). Key: Butte 1968c, Staines 2006b.



Robinia, Sophora, Acacia, Amphicarpa, Amorpha, Arachis., Falcata, Cercis, Cladrastis, Desmodium, Pueraria, Gleditsia, Laburnum, Phaseolus, Glycine, Tephrosia (Fabaceae).



Butte, J. G. 1968c. The revision of the tribe Chalepini of America north of Mexico. III. Genus Odontota Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 22:101‑124.

Chevrolat, L. A. A. 1836. in P. F. M. A. Dejean, Catalogue des Coléoptères de la collection de M. le comte Dejean. Troisième edition, revue, corrigée et augmentée, livr. 5, pp. 385‑503. Mequignon-Marvis. Paris.

Staines, C. L. 2006b. The hispine beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) of America north of Mexico. VirginiaMuseum of Natural History Special Publication Number 13. 178 pp.

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


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