Hispines of the World

 

Pleurispa Weise 1901: 230

 

Synonomys

 

Peronycha Weise 1909: 112.

Type Species

 

Pleurispa misella Weise.

Diagnosis

 

Pleurispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra with stiff spines
  • antennae with 11-antennomeres, antennomere 1 with or without spine
  • pronotum with anterior margin without spines
  • tarsal claws totally fused

Description

 

Body small; elongate; subparallel; subconvex; color black; total length 3.0 to 4.0 mm.

Head: large; convex; vertex punctate, with medial sulcus, with setae along inner margin of eye; eye large, convex.

Antenna: reaches to base of pronotum; expanding apically; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 subincrassate, with or without spine; 2 obconic, ¾ length of 1; 3 to 6 decreasing in length; 7 to 10 transverse, subequal in length; 11 rounded at apex; 1 to 6 with scattered setae; 7 to 11 setose.

Pronotum: transverse; lateral margin sinuate, rounded; with 5 spines- 2 bifurcate spines plus a single (2+2+1); anterior angle rounded; anterior margin curved forward, without spines; posterior angle acute; posterior margin weakly bisinuate; surface punctate, each puncture with white seta, with longitudinal medial depression.

Scutellum: cordate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, with short spines; exterior apical angle and apical margin rounded, with short spines; humerus rounded, not produced; with 8 rows of punctures plus scutellar row, each puncture with white seta; disc with very short spines.

Leg: slender; punctate, each puncture with white seta; tarsal claws totally fused.

Distribution

 

Madagascar, Togo.

World Fauna

 

Described species: 4 (Staines 2012). Key: none.

Hosts

 

Unknown.

References

 

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

Weise, J. 1901. Afrikanische Hispinen. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1901:224-240.

Weise, J. 1909. Hispinen und Coccinelliden aus Madagaskar. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 75:111-125.

 

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