Hispines of the World


Stenispa Baly 1858: 13





Type Species


Hispa metallica Fabricius.



Stenispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • the lateral margins of the pronotum and the elytra without long, stiff spines
  • body elongate, parallel-sided
  • the head without a frontal horn; mouthparts not projecting forward
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle, wider than long
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra without costae, parallel-sided, posterior margin smooth, slightly wider than base of pronotum
  • the antennae with 11-antennomeres, filiform



Body cylindrical or flattened; parallel‑sided or narrowing posteriorly.

Head: small, rounded; frons concave; maxillary palp with palpomere 1 small, 2 and 3 obconical, subequal in length and width, 4 oval, acuminate; antenna inserted close to eye in shallow pits, divided by longitudinal keel; eye oval, finely faceted, slightly prominent.

Antenna: with 11‑antennomeres; antennomeres 1 to 2 subglobose; 3 to 10 cylindrical, 3 longer than 4; 11 subacute, slightly dilated toward apex.

Pronotum: quadrate; slightly narrower than elytra; anterior margin rounded; lateral margin straight.

Scutellum: pentagonal or subcylindrical.

Elytron: elongate; slightly convex; narrowing apically; lateral and apical margins finely dentate; with 10 rows of punctures plus scutellar row.

Venter: metepisternum very narrow at middle; prosternum narrow, longitudinally furrowed; abdominal sternites 1 and 2 with suture obsolete in middle.

Leg: short; robust; femur stout; tibia not arcuate, slightly flattened; tarsomeres dilated, densely pubescent beneath, tarsomere 4 with nearly half its length projecting beyond 3; claws stout, moderately arcuate, divaricate.



Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, United States.

World Fauna


Described species: 21 (Staines 2012). Key: Monrós & Viana (1947); Staines (2006).



Carex, Cyperus, Scirpus (Cyperaceae); Andropogon, Paspalum, Spartina (Poaceae).



Baly, J. S. 1858. Catalogue of Hispidae in the collection of the BritishMuseum. London, 172 pp.

Monrós, F. & M. J. Viana. 1947. Revisión sistemática de los Hispidae Argentinos (Insecta, Coleop. Chrysomeloid.). Anales del Museo Argentino Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia" 42:125-324.

Staines, C. L. 2006. The hispine beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) of America north of Mexico. VirginiaMuseum of Natural History Special Publication Number 13. 178 pp.

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


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