Agriocnemis zerafica Le Roi, 1915
Sahel Wisp

Type locality: Bahr-el-Ghazal, Sudan


Male likely to be confused only with A. exilis in range from N Uganda and South Sudan to W Africa, but (1) thorax and most of body densely pruinose with age; (2) apex of S10 drawn out and folded like half-tube; (3) cerci and paraprocts about equally long but minute and largely concealed by S10, the paraprocts notably blunt. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 800 m above sea level.


confirmed: Benin; Burkina Faso; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Gambia; Ghana; Guinee-Bissau; Liberia; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; South Sudan; Togo; Uganda; NOT confirmed: Sudan

© Olivier Esnault

Appendages (lateral view)

Map citation: Clausnitzer, V., K.-D.B. Dijkstra, R. Koch, J.-P. Boudot, W.R.T. Darwall, J. Kipping, B. Samraoui, M.J. Samways, J.P. Simaika & F. Suhling, 2012. Focus on African Freshwaters: hotspots of dragonfly diversity and conservation concern. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 129-134.


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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-15].