Hispines of the World


Pseudispella Kraatz 1895: 198




Decispella Uhmann 1936d: 409 Nomen nudum.

Decispella Uhmann 1940e: 143.

Type Species


Hispa sulcicollis Gyllenhal.



Pseudhispella can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra with long, stiff spines
  • antennomere 1 with spine
  • pronotum with anterior margin with bifurcate spine on each side
  • tarsal claws fused at base



Body small; subparallel; subconvex; color black; total length 2.7 to 5.4 mm.

Head: wide; convex; vertex punctate, with medial sulcus; eye large, rounded.

Antenna: reaches to humerus; expanding apically; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 incrassate, with long spine; 1 to 6 punctate, each puncture with white seta; 7 to 11 setose..

Pronotum: transverse; lateral margin rounded, with 3 spines- 1 bifurcate spine just before middle, and 1 single curved spine after middle (2+1); anterior angle rounded; anterior margin curved forward, with bifurcate spine on each side; posterior margin acute; posterior margin weakly bisinuate; surface irregularly punctate, each puncture with white seta.

Scutellum: cordate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, with spines; exterior apical angle and apical margin rounded, with longer spines; humerus angulate, with 3 teeth; with 8 rows of punctures plus scutellar row, each puncture with white seta; disc with spines.

Leg: long; slender; tarsal claws fused at base.



Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mozambique, Rhodesia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Zimbabwe.

World Fauna


Described species: 13 (Staines 2012). Key: none.






Kraatz, G. 1895. Hispinae von Togo. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1895:189-200.

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

Uhmann, E. 1936d. Die Hispinen des "Musée du Congo Belge" 4. Teil. 60. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Col. Chrys.). Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 28:407-415.

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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