Hispines of the World


Sternocthispa Uhmann 1938c: 113





Type Species


Sternocthispa gracillima Uhmann.



Sternocthispa 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
  • the pronotum with a seta in each anterior angle
  • the apex of the elytra without a tooth-like projection
  • the elytra with 8 rows of punctures plus short scutellar row, with 3 regular costae
  • the antennae thickened at apex, not clavate, with 7-antennomeres, last antennomere rounded at apex
  • the prosternum expanding anteriorly to partly cover the mouth



Head: trisulcate; micropunctate.

Antenna: with 7‑antennomeres; antennomere 1 transverse; 2 and 3 cylindrical, subequal in length; 4 to 6 transverse; 7 enlarged, hirsute club, nearly as long as 1 to 6 combined, pointed at apex.

Pronotum: as wide as long, convex; lateral margin sinuate; tooth present in anterior angle; medial carina present; with large, shallow punctures; surface distinctly micropunctate; basal impression present.

Scutellum: quadrate; micropunctate.

Elytron: at base much wider than pronotum, elongate, parallel‑sided; lateral margin serrate; apical margin dentate, laminate; exterior apical angle rounded; with 8 rows of punctures plus scutellar row; tricostate; costa 1 more elevated on apical ½; 2 and 3 elevated for entire length.

Leg: apical tarsomere with two claws; small tooth present at base of each tarsal claw; femur punctate.

Venter: prosternum produced, partially concealing mouth; 5 visible abdominal sterna.




World Fauna


Described species: 1- Sternocthispa gracillima Uhmann (Staines 2012).






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. 1938c. Hispinen aus dem BritischenMuseum. I. Teil. 71. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispinen (Coleoptera Chrysomelidae). Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society, London B 7:109-116.


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