Hispines of the World


Pseudispa Chapuis 1875: 328





Type Species


Cephalodonta marginata Guérin-Méneville.



Pseudispa can be distinguished by following combination of characters:

  • the lateral margins of the pronotum and the elytra lacking long, stiff spines
  • the head lacking a frontal horn
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle
  • the apex of the elytra lacking a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra being costate with 4 costae
  • the antennae having 11-antennomeres which are not thickened at apex, the apical four antennomeres being longer than the preceding
  • the more or less flattened body
  • the slender legs
  • the sides of the elytra being almost vertical from costa 3



Body elongate, slightly convex.

Head: small; medial sulcus present.

Antenna: with 11-antennomeres; 1 short; 2 elongate; 3 to 7 obconical, decreasing in length; 8 to 11 shorter than 1 to 7, cylindrical, thickened.

Pronotum: subparallel; anterior angle with seta; basal impression present; longitudinal medial sulcus present.

Elytron: oblong, parallel-sided, almost vertical from costa 3; lateral and apical margins smooth; humerus not pronounced; apex almost vertical, truncate; with 10 rows of regular punctures, secondary rows often present between intervals 2 and 4, short scutellar row present.



Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, México, Panamá, Peru, and Venezuela.

World Fauna


Described species: 18 (Staines 2012). Key to species: Monrós & Viana 1947 (Argentina); Staines (2002)- Central America.






Chapuis, F. 1875. In Lacordaire, J. T. Histoire naturelle des insectes. Genera des Coléoptères. Vol. 10. Paris. 455 pp.

Monrós, F. and M. J. Viana. 1947. Revisión sistemàtica de los Hispidae Argentinos (Insecta, Colep. Chrysomeloid.). Anales de Museo Argentino Ci Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia" 42: 125‑324.

Staines, C. L. 2002. Nomenclatural notes and new species of Sceloenoplini (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). Zootaxa 89: 1-32.

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


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