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Mesoplatys ochroptera
(sesbanie beetle)



Mesoplatys ochroptera (sesbanie beetle)


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  • 14 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Mesoplatys ochroptera
  • Preferred Common Name
  • sesbanie beetle
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Mesoplatys ochroptera (Stål, 1857)

Preferred Common Name

  • sesbanie beetle

Other Scientific Names

  • Chrysomela ochroptera Stål, 1857

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Coleoptera
  •                         Family: Chrysomelidae
  •                             Genus: Mesoplatys
  •                                 Species: Mesoplatys ochroptera

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes


Congo Democratic RepublicPresentBechyné, 1950; Jolivet, 1952
EthiopiaPresentNHM, 1920; NHM, 1988; Melaku et al., 1996
KenyaPresentJolivet & van Parys, 1977; NHM, 1961; NHM, 1991
MalawiPresentNHM, 1975; NHM, 1989; Smee, 1936; Mchowa et al., 1994
MozambiquePresentChen, 1934
RwandaPresentNHM, 1990
SomaliaPresentNHM, 1930
South AfricaPresentNHM, 1926; NHM, 1931; Bryant, 1956
SudanPresentNHM, 1965; Daccordi, 1974
TanzaniaPresentNHM, 1990; Harris, 1933; Jolivet, 1957
-ZanzibarPresentNHM, 1905
UgandaPresentHargreaves, 1924
ZambiaPresentNHM, 1991; Bryant, 1956
ZimbabwePresentNHM, 1943

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Leaves / external feeding


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Baly JS, 1875. III. Descriptions of new genera and species of Phytophaga. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 8(1):23-31.

Bechyné J, 1950. Chrysomelinae (Coleoptera Phytophaga). Parc National Albert 1. Mission G. F. de Witte 1933-1935, 79(5):84.

Bryant GE, 1956. Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae 1. In: Hanström B, Brinck P, Rudebeck G, eds. South African Animal Life. Results of the Lund University Expedition in 1950-1951. Volume 6. Stockholm, Sweden: Almqvist & Wiksell.

Burgeon L, 1941. The Chrysomelinae of the Belgian Congo. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines, 35:205.

Chen SH, 1934. [On a larva of the Chrysomelidae of Mozambique (Mesoplatys ochroptera Stsl).]. Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, 39: 270-271.

Cox ML, 1996. The pupae of Chrysomeloidea. In: Jolivet P, Cox ML, eds. The Biology of Chrysomelidae. Amsterdam, Netherlands: SPB Academic Publishing.

Daccordi M, 1974. Coleoptera from North-East Africa. Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae. Contribution to the study of Chrysomelidae 4 (Zoological contribution from the Finnish expeditions to the Sudan No. 38). Notulae Entomologicae, 54: 90.

Hargreaves H, 1924. Report of the government entomologist. Report of the Department of Agriculture Uganda, 1923. Entebbe, Uganda: Department of Agriculture, 15-21.

Harris WV, 1933. Report of the Assistant Entomologist. Annual Report of the Department of Agriculture Tanganyika 1932. Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania: Department of Agriculture Tanganyika, 73-75.

Jolivet P, 1952. Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera Chrysomeloidea). Parc National de L'Upemba 1. Mission G. F. De Witte, 8(3):23-47.

Jolivet P, 1957. Coleoptera Chrysomeloidea. Exploration Hydrobiologique du lac Tanganika (1946-1947) Résultats Scientifiques. Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, 3(6): 47.

Jolivet P; Van Parys E, 1977. An unpublished case of aggressive mimetism between a chrysomelid (Mesoplatys cincta Olivier) and a carabid (Cyaneodinodes ammon Fabricius)(Coleoptera). Bulletin Mensuel de la Société Linnéenne de Lyon, 46:168-180.

Mchowa JW; Ngugi DN; Maghembe JA, 1994. Pest complex in agroforestry systems: the Malawi experience. Special Issue: Agroforestry research in the African miombo ecozone. Proceedings of a regional conference on agroforestry research in the African miombo ecozone held in Lilongwe, Malawi, 16-22 June 1991. Forest Ecology and Management, 64: 2-3.

Melaku W; Tsedeke A; Anteneh T, 1996. Getting to know the enemy - Mesoplatys beetles and Sesbania. Agroforestry Today, 8(3):17-18; 1 ref.

Paulian R, 1955. Research on the insects of biological importance in Madagascar XXI to XXIV. XXI Observations on two chrysomelids. Mémoires de l'Institut Scientifique de Madagascar (E), 6:1-7.

Smee C, 1936. Report of the Entomologist. Report of the Department of Agriculture, Nyasaland 1935. Zomba, Malawi: Department of Agriculture, Nyasaland, 23-25.

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