Hispines of the World


Platypria (Dichirispa) Gestro 1890: 229





Type Species


Platypria (Dichirispa) abdominalis Chapuis.



Platypria (Dichirispa) can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra with long, stiff spines
  • antennae with 9-antennomeres
  • pronotum without spines on anterior margin
  • elytra with lateral margin expanded at humeri without translucent patches



Body broad; elongate; subconvex; color yellowish to brown with darker markings; total length 4.2 to 7.2 mm.

Head: small broad; labrum transverse, very short; eye elongate, oval.

Antenna: filiform; ½ body length; with 9-antennomeres; antennomere 1 subincrassate; 2 obconic, ½ length of 1; 3 longer than 1 and 2 combined; 4 to 8 decreasing in length; 9 slightly longer than 8, rounded at apex.

Pronotum: transverse; lateral margin rounded with forward projecting, sharply palmate lamina without translucent patches; anterior angle rounded, without spines; anterior margin straight; posterior angle acute; posterior margin straight; surface punctate.

Scutellum: broadly triangular.

Elytron: lateral margin sinuate; exterior apical angle rounded; apical margin rounded; lateral and apical margins with continuous broad lamina with large palmate expansion without translucent patches at humerus; humerus angulate, dentate; with 8 rows of punctures plus scutellar row; disc with tubercles and spines.



Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Basso, Insel Principe, Insel São Tomé, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

World Fauna


Described species: 13 (Staines 2012). Key: Würmli 1978 [this key has a number of flaws in it].



Desmodium, Pueraria (Fabaceae); Icacina (Icacinaceae).



Gestro, R. 1890. Viaggio di Leonardo Fea in Birmania e Regioni Vicine. XXIX. Enumerazione delle Hispidae. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova (2)10(30):225-268.

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

Würmli, M. 1978. Revision der Gattung Platypria: Die Arten der Orientalischen und Australischen Region (Platypria s. str.). Bollettino della Societa entgmologica italiana 110:210-223.


Key player updated January 2018; content updated April 2014