Hispines of the World

 

Stephanispa Gressitt 1960b: 111

 

Synonomys

 

None.

Type Species

 

Stephanispa freycineticola Gressitt.

Diagnosis

 

Stephanispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra without long, stiff spines
  • head with small frontal horn between antennae
  • antennomere 1 without spine-like process
  • pronotum subquadrate, anterior angles without tooth
  • elytra with 8 rows of punctures plus scutellar row basally expanding to 10 rows in middle and 12 or 13 rows at apex

Description

 

Body elongate; subparallel; subconvex; color reddish-brown with darker stripes; total length 6.0 to 9.0 mm.

Head: 2x as wide as long, narrowing anteriorly; vertex punctate, with medial sulcus; frontal horn very short; clypeus wider than long.

Antenna: reaches to humerus; slightly thickening apically; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 robust, elongate; 2 shorter; 3 longer than 2.

Pronotum: subquadrate; lateral margin feebly sinuate; anterior angle oblique, without tooth; anterior margin curved; posterior angle acute; posterior margin weakly bisinuate; surface irregularly, deeply punctate.

Scutellum: cordate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, smooth; exterior apical angle rounded; apical margin rounded; humerus rounded; with 8 rows of punctures plus scutellar row basally expanding to 10 rows in middle and 12 or 13 rows at apex; tricostate.

Leg: short; robust.

Distribution

 

New Caledonia.

World Fauna

 

Described species: 2 (Staines 2012). Key: Gressitt 1960b.

Hosts

 

Freycinetia (Arecaceae).

References

 

Gressitt, J. L. 1960b. Hispine beetles from New Caledonia (Chrysomelidae). Pacific Insects 2:101‑123.

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

 

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