Hispines of the World


Unguispa Uhmann 1954i: 46





Type Species


Unguispa impar Uhmann.



Unguispa can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra with long, stiff spines
  • antennomere 1 without spine
  • pronotum with anterior margin with bifurcate spine on each side
  • tarsal claws not fused, asymmetrical; tibia greatly expanding apically



Body very small; elongate; subparallel; subconvex; color black; total length 2.7 to 3.2 mm.

Head: large; convex; vertex with medial sulcus; eye large, rounded.

Antenna: reaches to base of pronotum; expanding apically; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 incrassate, 2x length of 2, without spine; 2 to 6 cylindrical, 3 longest; 7 to 10 transverse, subequal in length; 11 rounded at apex; 1 to 6 punctate, each puncture with white seta; 7 to 11 setose.

Pronotum: transverse; lateral margin straight and divergent for basal ½, then angulate and convergent to anterior angle, with 3 spines- bifurcate spine before angulation and a single spine after angulation (2+1); anterior angle rounded; anterior margin curved forward, with bifurcate spine on each side; posterior angle acute; posterior margin weakly bisinuate; surface punctate, each puncture with white seta.

Scutellum: cordate; punctate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight with spines of various lengths; exterior apical angle and apical margin rounded, with spines of various lengths; humerus angulate, with spines; with 8 rows of large punctures plus scutellar row, each puncture with white seta; disc with large spines.

Leg: long; robust; tibia greatly expanding apically, emarginate apically; tarsal claws not fused, asymmetrical.




World Fauna


Described species: 1- Unguispa impar Uhmann (Staines 2012).






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

Uhmann, E. 1954i. Hispines de Madagascar. 1500 Contribution a la connaissance des Hispines [Col. Chrysomelidae]. La Naturaliste Malgache 6:41-55.


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