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Cassidinae Checklist: Tortoise Beetles

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13 August 2019

Tortoise beetles belong to the subfamily Cassidinae. They are characterised by a broad domed oval shaped elytra, like that of a tortoise shell. The larvae are flattened and spiny, often with a swollen “tail” which is an accumulation of their excrement and shedded exoskeletons.

Most species in this page were identified with the kind assistance of Michael Geiser, Dominik Hofer and Rob Westerduijn on Facebook.

All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the dorsal view selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.

Some useful references:

This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

View my complete Flickr photo set: Cassidinae – Tortoise Beetles.

Class: Insecta Linnaeus, 1758

Order: Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758

Family: Chrysomelidae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily: Cassidinae Gyllenhal, 1813

Tribe: Aspidimorphini Chapuis, 1875

Tortoise Beetle (Aspidimorpha miliaris) - DSC_1875

Singapore: Aspidimorpha miliaris (Fabricius, 1775)

Golden tortoise beetle (Aspidimorpha furcata) - DSC_7167

East Malaysia: Aspidimorpha cf. furcata (Thunberg, 1789)

Golden tortoise beetle (Aspidimorpha cf. ertli) - DSC_2776

Mozambique: Aspidimorpha cf. ertli Spaeth, 1906

Tortoise Beetle (Laccoptera sp.) - DSC_4914

Singapore: Laccoptera cf. nepalensis (Boheman, 1855)

Tribe: Cassidini Gyllenhal, 1813

Tortoise Beetle (Cassida sp.) - DSC_6385

Singapore: Cassida cf. circumdata (Herbst, 1799)

Tortoise Beetle (Cassida sp.) - DSC_4434

Thailand: Cassida sp.

Tortoise beelte (Chiridopsis sp.) - DSC_3736

Singapore: Chiridopsis cf. scalaris (Weber,1801)

Tortoise beetle (Ischnocodia annulus) - DSC_9301

Belize: Ischnocodia annulus (Fabricius, 1781)

Tortoise beetle (Ischnocodia annulus) - DSC_8049

Belize: Ischnocodia annulus (Fabricius, 1781)

Curry leaf tortoise beetle (Silana farinosa) - DSC_7449

Singapore: Silana farinosa (Boheman, 1856)

Tortoise beetle (Thlaspida biramosa) - DSC_9348

West Malaysia: Thlaspida biramosa (Boheman, 1855)

Tribe: Hemisphaerotini Monrós & Viana, 1951

Mottled tortoise beetle (Spaethiella sp.) - DSC_2789

Peru: Spaethiella sp.

Tribe: Imatidiini Chapuis, 1875

Tortoise beetle (Aslamidium bolivianum) - DSC_3221

Peru: Aslamidium cf. bolivianum Borowiec & Sassi, 2001

Tribe: Notosacanthini Hincks, 1952

Tortoise Beetle (Notosacantha cf. rufa) - DSC_4573

West Malaysia: Notosacantha cf. rufa (Wagener, 1881)

Tribe: Physonotini Spaeth, 1942

Tortoise beetle (Platycycla deruta) - DSC_9135

Belize: Platycycla deruta Boheman, 1854

Tribe: Spilophorini Chapuis, 1875

Tortoise beetle (Calyptocephala cf. gerstaeckeri) - DSC_0452

Belize: Calyptocephala cf. gerstaeckeri Boheman, 1862

Eggs

Tortoise beetle eggs? (Silana farinosa) - DSC_9502

Singapore: Silana farinosa (Boheman, 1856)

Larvae

Tortoise Beetle larva (Silana farinosa) - DSC_5086

Singapore: Silana farinosa (Boheman, 1856)

Curry leaf tortoise beetle larvae (Silana farinosa) - DSC_9431

Singapore: Silana farinosa (Boheman, 1856)

Tortoise beetle larva (Cassidinae) - ESC_0002

Singapore: Unidentified

Tortoise beetle larva (Aspidimorpha cf. miliaris) - DSC_4584

Singapore: Aspidimorpha cf. miliaris (Fabricius, 1775)

Pupae

Tortoise Beetle pupa (Silana farinosa) - DSC_8136

Singapore: Silana farinosa (Boheman, 1856)

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    Pedro Castillo carrillo

    13 April 2020

    Excelente

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