n African Entomology - Biological notes on () Weise, 1896 (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Aspidimorphini): host plant records, immature stages and cycloalexy - : short communication

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The South African cassidine fauna comprises about 126 species, belonging to 20 genera, and of these about 48 (~ 38.09 %) are endemic. Hope is a species-rich genus that occurs in the Old World and Australia, comprising 198 species. The subgenus Hincks, one of the smaller of the 10 subgenera in the genus , contains three large Afrotropical species (Borowiec & Swietojanska 2013). They can be distinguished by the following: their size of 11mm or more in length; uniformly yellow pronotum which is very broad and has subangulate sides; uniformly yellow elytra with spots on the epipleura only, at most; elytra that are equal in width to, or slightly wider than, the pronotal base, regularly convex without a postscutellar tubercle or gibbosity, and puncturation that is irregular and dense; and claws that are pectinate on both sides (Borowiec 1997).

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