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Cassida viridis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Cassidinae
Tribe: Cassidini
Stephens, 1831

~40; see text

The Cassidini are a tribe within the leaf beetle subfamily Cassidinae. The Cassidini comprises approximately 40 genera worldwide, and is one of the largest tribes in the subfamily, containing most of the genera and species known collectively as "tortoise beetles". The subfamily names Cassidinae and Hispinae were both founded by Gyllenhal in the same 1813 book, but following the Principle of the First Reviser, Chen in this case,[1] priority is given to the name Cassidinae.[2]


Cassidini Gyllenhal, 1813 Synonyms:

  • Cassideae Gyllenhal, 1813: 434.
  • Cassidini: Gressitt, 1952: 473
  • Basiptites Chapuis, 1875: 379.
  • Hybosites Chapuis, 1875: 380.
  • Cassidites: Chapuis, 1875: 383.
  • Chiridites Chapuis, 1875: 405.
  • Coptocyclitae Spaeth, 1926: 7.
  • Charidotitae Spaeth, 1942: 40.
  • Charidotini: Hincks, 1952: 330; Seeno and Wilcox, 1982: 179.



  1. ^ Chen, S. H. (1940). "Attempt at a new classification of the leaf beetles". Sinensia. 11: 451–481. 
  2. ^ Chaboo, CS (2007). "Biology and phylogeny of the Cassidinae Gyllenhal sensu lato (tortoise and leaf-mining beetles) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 305: 1–250. doi:10.1206/0003-0090(2007)305[1:BAPOTC]2.0.CO;2. 

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