Hispines of the World


Pharangispa Maulik 1929b: 275





Type Species


Pharangispa purpureipennis Maulik.



Pharangispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra without long, stiff spines
  • head without frontal horn between antennae
  • pronotum with seta in each angle, flattened, never constricted basally, anterior margin not prolonged over head
  • anterior margin of prosternum not projecting forward, not partly covering mouth
  • less than 14 mm in length
  • antennae with 8-antennomeres
  • elytra without longitudinal and transverse carinae forming an irregular net-like sculpture, non-costate



Small; subparallel; bright orange with darker markings; length 4.9 to 5.9 mm.

Head: large; with short projection between antennal bases; eye strongly convex.

Antenna: ½ body length; thickened apically; with 8-antennomeres; antennomere 1 transverse; 2 slightly longer than 1; 3 as long as 1 and 2 combined; 4 ½ length of 3; 5 and 6 each shorter than 3; 7 very short; 8 broadly rounded at apex.

Pronotum: longer than wide; lateral margin rounded, not margined; anterior angle rounded; anterior margin straight; posterior angle acute, produced; posterior margin bisinuate; surface coarsely, irregularly punctate.

Scutellum: triangular; rounded at apex; impunctate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded, slightly laminate; sutural angle with small tooth; humerus rounded, not produced; slightly constricted behind humerus; surface coarsely punctate-striate; with 10 rows of large punctures, scutellar row absent; non-costate.

Leg: long; slender; tibia expanding apically.



Solomon Islands.

World Fauna


Described species: 5 (Staines 2012). Key: Gressitt 1957b, 1960a, Gressitt & Samuelson 1990.



Heliconia (Heliconiaceae); Costus (Costaceae); Cocos (Arecaceae); Musa (Musaceae); Pittosporaceae; Alpinia (Zingiberaceae); Freycinetia, Pandanus (Pandanaceae).



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. & G. A. Samuelson. 1990. Hispinae of the New Guinea‑Solomons Area. II. Tribe Coelaenomenoderini (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). BishopMuseum Occasional Papers 30:259‑278.

Maulik, S. 1929b. Injurious Hispinae from the Solomon Islands. Bulletin of Entomological Research 20:233-239.

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


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