Hispines of the World


Promecotheca Blanchard 1853: 312




Promecotheca Dejean 1836: 387 Nomen nudum.

Freycinetispa Gressitt 1960a: 71.

Type Species


Hispa cyanipes Erichson.



Promecotheca 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 all four angles, constricted apically and basally, lateral margin obsolete
  • anterior margin of prosternum not projecting forward, not partly covering mouth
  • antennae ½ body length, filiform
  • elytra without tooth in sutural angle
  • hind leg long, slender



Elongate; subparallel.

Head: large; not prolonged between antennae; labrum transverse, subemarginate; mandible robust, truncate; maxillary palps thick, pubescent, palpomere 1 very short, 2 and 3 obconic, subequal in length, 4 longer than 3; eye large, convex, oblong-ovate.

Antenna: filiform; at least ½ body length; antennomere 1 subglobose; 2 obconic, shorter and more slender; 3 longer than 1 and 2 combined; 4 to 7 obconic, decreasing in length; 8 to 10 cylindrical, each shorter than 7; 11 longer than 10, rounded at apex.

Pronotum: cylindrical; convex; lateral margin obsolete; anterior margin slightly produced over head; with apical and basal constrictions plus strong tubercle between constrictions.

Scutellum: oblong, rounded at apex.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apex rounded, smooth; without tooth in sutural angle; with 8 regular rows of punctures, scutellar row absent; even interspaces subcostate.

Venter: prosternum sinuate at base; mesosternum twice as wide.

Leg: hind leg long, slender; femur without tooth.



Australia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tonga.

World Fauna


Described species: 33 (Staines 2012). Key: Liu 1936; Gressitt 1950, 1957b, 1960a; Gressitt & Kimoto 1963a.



Areca, Balaka, Calamus, Caryola, Cocos, Elaeis, Livistona, Metroxylon, Nipa, Oreodoxa, Phoenix, Phytelephas, Pritchardia, Ptychosperma, Ravenala (Arecaceae); Flagellaria (Flagellariaceae); Heliconia (Heliconiaceae); Freycinetia, Pandanus (Bryantia) (Pandanaceae); Saccharum, Miscanthus (Poaceae); Alpinia (Zingiberaceae).



Blanchard, C. E. 1853. Voyage au pole sud et dans l'Océanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zélée: Exécuté par ordre du roi pendant les années 1837-1838-1839-1840 sous le commandement de M. Dumont d'Urville. Zoologie 4. Gide et J. Baudry, Paris.

Dejean, P. F. M. A. 1836. Catalogue des Coléoptères de la collection de M. le comte Dejean. 3rd ed. Paris. 503 pp.

Gressitt, J. L. 1950. The hispine beetles of China (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Lingnan Science Journal 23(1-2):53-142.

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. & S. Kimoto. 1963a. The Chrysomelidae (Coleopt.) of China and Korea. Part 2. Pacific Insects Monograph 1B:301‑1026.

Liu, G. 1936. Catalogue of the phytophagous beetles of China. Lingnan Science Journal 15(2):249-261.

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


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