Twelve-spotted asparagus beetle Crioceris duodecimpunctata, copyright Aimaina Hikari.

Belongs within: Criocerinae.

Crioceris is an Old World genus of leaf beetles with patterned elytra (Riley et al. 2002). The species C. asparagi and C. duodecimpunctata are significant pests on asparagus crops.

Characters (from Riley et al. 2002): Head with X-shaped groove between eyes; eyes emarginate near antennal insertions; prothorax feebly constricted near base, with sides arcuate; elytra with dark spots or pattern; tarsal claws separated, divergent from base to apex; pygidium not exposed; aedeagal tegmen Y-shaped, not forming ring around median lobe.

Crioceris Geoffroy 1762 (nom. cons.)RC02
|--C. (Crioceris)RC02
| |--C. (C.) asparagi (Linnaeus 1758)RC02
| `--C. (C.) duodecimpunctata (Linnaeus 1758)RC02
`--C. (Pseudolema Jacoby 1903)RC02

Crioceris incertae sedis:
C. clarkiJ89a
C. cyanellaR26
C. fuscomaculataB89
C. impressa [incl. C. castanea]B90
C. liliiC01
C. melanopaR26
C. merdigeraC01 [=Lema merdigeraL02]
C. nigripesB74
C. obliterataJ89b
C. quadrimaculataR26
C. quadripustulataJ89a
C. quatuordecimpunctataC01
C. recens Blackburn 1889B89
C. seminigra Jacoby 1889J89a
C. semipunctataJ89a
C. subpolitaB90
C. unicolorJ89a

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B90] Baly, J.-S. 1890. Contributions a la faune Indo-Chinoise. 6e mémoire. Sagridae, Crioceridae, Chrysomelidae, Hispidae. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 6e série 9: 485–492.

[B89] Blackburn, T. 1889. Notes on Australian Coleoptera, with descriptions of new species. Part III. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 4 (2): 445–482.

[B74] Britton, E. B. 1974. Coleoptera (beetles). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers. Supplement 1974 pp. 62–89. Melbourne University Press.

[C01] Csiki, E. 1901. Bogarak [Coleopteren]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 75–120. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[J89a] Jacoby, M. 1889a. Viaggio di Leonardo Fea in Birmania e regioni vicine. XVII.—List of the phytophagous Coleoptera obtained by Signor L. Fea at Burmah and Tenasserim, with descriptions of the new species. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Serie 2a, 7: 147–237.

[J89b] Jacoby, M. 1889b. List of the phytophagous Coleoptera collected by Signor Modigliani at Nias and Sumatra, with descriptions of the new species. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Serie 2a, 7: 278–287.

[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

[RC02] Riley, E. G., S. M. Clark, R. W. Flowers & A. J. Gilbert. 2002. Chrysomelidae Latreille 1802. In: Arnett, R. H., Jr, M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J. H. Frank (eds) American Beetles vol. 2. Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea pp. 617–691. CRC Press.

[R26] Risso, A. 1826. Histoire naturelle des principales productions de l’Europe méridionale et particulièrement de celles des environs de Nice et des Alpes maritimes vol. 5. F.-G. Levrault: Paris.

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