Atoconeura aethiopica Kimmins, 1958
Ethiopian Highlander


  • scientific: A. biordinata Karsch, 1899 ssp. aethiopica

Type locality: Segheria, Ethiopia


Male is closest to A. kenya by (a) labrum for half or more pale; (b) mesepisternum with transverse pale streak bordering antealar sinus; (c) Abd usually pruinose with maturity. However, differs by (1) being restricted to Ethiopia; (2) metallic area on frons with straight anterior border in dorsal view. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by, or in open areas in, forest. Often faster sections (rapids, falls) with rocks. From 1100 to 2900 m above sea level, but mostly between 1500 and 2000.


confirmed: Ethiopia

© Viola Clausnitzer

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdomen (ventral view)

Head (front)

Head (dorsal view)

Frons (dorsal view)

Labium (ventral view)

Labium (ventral 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.


  • Kimmins, D.E. (1958). New species and subspecies of Odonata. Bulletin British Museum Natural History Entomology, 7, 349-358.
  • Clausnitzer, V., and Dijkstra, K.-D.B. (2005). The dragonflies (Odonata) of Ethiopia, with notes on the status of endemic taxa and the description of a new species. Entomologische Zeitschrift, 115, 117-130. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-21].