Hispines of the World


Temnocthispa Uhmann 1940e: 144




Temnocthispa Uhmann 1939b: 331 Nomen nudum.

Type Species


Hispa truncata Fabricius.



Temnocthispa 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, medial sulcus present
  • 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 at base which expands to 10 apically and 3 regular costae
  • the antennae thickened at apex, not clavate, reaches beyond base of pronotum, with 8-antennomeres
  • the prosternum does not expand anteriorly to partly cover the mouth



Head: medial sulcus present; sulcus present on inner margin of eye.

Antenna: with 8-antennomeres; antennomere 1 subglobose, slightly compressed laterally; 2 to 7 transverse, 3 longer than 2; 8 elongate club, pointed at apex.

Pronotum: much narrower than base of elytra; slightly constricted behind head; tooth present in anterior angle; lateral margin curved.

Scutellum: quadrate.

Elytron: lateral and apical margins dentate; with 8 regular puncture rows plus scutellar row; additional puncture row present on apical ½; tricostate, costae 1 and 2 more elevated than 3.

Leg: femora or pro- and mesofemora toothed; tarsal claws without tooth.



Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana.

World Fauna


Described species: 4 (Staines 2012). Key: none.






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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