Hispines of the World

 

Spaethispa Uhmann 1940e: 144

 

Synonomys

 

Spaethispa Uhmann 1939b: 333 Nomen nudum.

Type Species

 

Uroplata pulchella Suffrian.

Diagnosis

 

Spaethispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • the lateral margins of the pronotum and the elytra without long, stiff spines
  • the head without a frontal horn, vertex with 3 sulci
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra with 10 rows of punctures at base expands to 11 after middle, with 3 regular costae, lateral and apical margins of elytra dentate, exterior apical angle without strong tooth
  • the antennae thickened at apex, not clavate, with 8-antennomeres
  • the prosternum does not expand anteriorly to partly cover the mouth

Description

 

Head: vertex with 3 longitudinal sulci; clypeus transverse, with longitudinal lines.

Antenna: with 8‑antennomeres; antennomere 1 subglobose; 2 transverse; 3 cylindrical; 4 to 7 transverse, wider than preceding; 8 elongate, truncate at apex.

Pronotum: wider than long; margined laterally; tooth present in anterior angle; densely, coarsely punctate.

Scutellum: triangular.

Elytron: lateral margin dentate; apical margin more dentate; with 10 rows of punctures, additional puncture row present between interspace 3 and 4 behind middle; tricostate, costae weakly produced, sutural margin carinate.

Distribution

 

Cuba.

World Fauna

 

Described species: 1- Spaethispa pulchella (Suffrian) (Staines 2012).

Hosts

 

Malpighia (Malpighiaceae).

References

 

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

Uhmann, E. 1939b. Amerikanische Hispinen aus dem BritischenMuseum. IX. Teil. Die Gattung Octhispa Chap., Baliosus Ws., Probaenia Ws., Acanthodes Baly, Cnestispa Mlk., und Pentispa Chap. 77. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Col.: Chrys.). Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstage von Professor Embrik Strand 5:317-345.

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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