Hispines of the World


Platocthispa Uhmann 1940e: 144




Platocthispa Uhmann 1939b: 332 Nomen nudum.

Type Species


Odontota gregorii Chapuis.



Platocthispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • the lateral margins of the pronotum and the elytra without long, stiff spines
  • the head without a frontal horn, vertex with 3 sulci
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle, with a basal impression
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra with 8 rows of punctures for entire length, scutellar row absent, with 3 regular costae, without tubercles
  • the antennae thickened at apex, but not clavate, long, with 8-antennomeres, antennomere 3 with tooth-like projection near apex
  • the prosternum does not expand anteriorly to partly cover the mouth



Body flattened.

Head: with 3 parallel sulci between eyes; frons projecting.

Antenna: with 8‑antennomeres, antennomeres transverse, apical antennomeres thickened, reaches to middle of elytra; antennomere 1 slightly compressed laterally; 2 shorter and narrower than 1; 3 longer than 4 and 5, compressed laterally, tooth‑like projection on outer apical margin; 4 to 6 compressed laterally, 4 with small tooth; 7 compressed laterally; 8 elongate, as long as 5 to 7 combined.

Pronotum: wider than long; lateral margin evenly convergent from base to apex, margined laterally; tooth present in anterior angle; basal impression present; basal margin bisinuate; longitudinal sulcus present on disc.

Scutellum: quadrate.

Elytron: lateral margin dentate; apical margin more dentate, laminate; apex notched; exterior apical angle rounded; with 8 rows of punctures, scutellar row absent; tricostate, costa 1 most elevated, 3 extends from humerus to middle of elytra.

Venter: with 5 visible abdominal sterna.



Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, United States.

World Fauna


Described species: 7 (Staines 2012). Key: none.



Cassia (Caesalpiniaceae); Costus (Costaceae); Heliconia (Heliconiaceae); Calathea (Marantaceae), Piper (Piperaceae).



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

Uhmann, E. 1939b. Amerikanische Hispinen aus dem BritischenMuseum. IX. Teil. Die Gattung Octhispa Chap., Baliosus Ws., Probaenia Ws., Acanthodes Baly, Cnestispa Mlk., und Pentispa Chap. 77. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Col.: Chrys.). Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstage von Professor Embrik Strand 5:317-345.

Uhmann, E. 1940e. Die Genotypen der von mir aufgestellten Hispinen-Gattung. 88. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Col. Chrys.). Entomologisk Tidskrift 61:143-144.


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