Afroaeschna scotias (Pinhey, 1952)
Shadow Hawker


  • scientific: Aeshna wittei Fraser, 1955

Type locality: Matuna Forest west of Kampala, Uganda


The only species currently recognised in this genus. Please refer to the genus diagnosis and introduction for more information.

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Usually with coarse detritus and often overhanging branches and submerged roots. From 400 to 2200 m above sea level, but possibly down to sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Cameroon; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Nigeria; Rwanda; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia

Female © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (ventral view)

Frons (dorsal 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.


  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1952). Three new species of Odonata from eastern Africa. Occasional Papers Coryndon Memorial Museum, 3, 13-16. [PDF file]
  • Fraser, F.C. (1955). Odonata. Exploration Parc National Upemba. Mission G F de Witte, 38, 1-34. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1981). Two interesting species of Aeshna Fabricius from Zambia (Odonata: Aeshnidae). Arnoldia, 9, 61-66. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-05-26].