Zoological Studies

Vol. 48 No. 4, 2009

Prionispa houjayi (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Oncocephalini), a Newly Recorded Genus and New Species from Taiwan, with a Description of Its Immature Stages and Notes on Its Bionomy

Chi-Feng Lee1,*, Jolanta Świętojańska2, and Charles L. Staines3

1Applied Zoology Division, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, 189 Chung-Cheng Road, Wufeng, Taichung 413, Taiwan
2Zoological Institute, University of Wrocław, Przbyszewskiego 63/77, 51-148 Wrocław, Poland.  E-mail:sindiola@biol.uni.wroc.pl
3Department of Entomology, MRC 187, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012, USA.  E-mail:stainesc@si.edu

Chi-Feng Lee, Jolanta Świętojańska, and Charles L. Staines (2009) The larva, pupa, and adult of Prionispa houjayi sp. nov., a new species in the Oncocephalini are described and illustrated in detail.  Some autapomorphies of the immature stages of this new species are proposed by comparing it to Chaeridiona picea Baly, C. thailandica Kimoto, and Oncocephala quadrilobata (Guérin), including the quadrate abdominal apex and prominent labial palpi in the larva, and the lateral scoli of the pronotum in the pupa.  Prionispa houjayi sp. nov. larvae mine the leaves of Disporum Salisbury (Liliaceae).  This is the first host record of the Liliaceae for the subfamily Cassidinae.

Key words: Morphology, Larva, Pupa, Liliaceae, Disporum.

*Correspondence: Tel: 886-4-23302301 ext. 631.  Fax: 886-4-23302804.   E-mail:cflee@gate.sinica.edu.tw