Atoconeura kenya Longfield, 1953
Kenyan Highlander


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

Type locality: Meru, Kenya


Male is closest to A. aethiopica 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 South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and N Tanzania; (2) metallic area on frons rounded in dorsal view, rather than with straight anterior border. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest, but sometimes in clearings. Often faster sections (rapids, falls) with rocks. From 1200 to 2900 m above sea level, but possibly up to 3500.


confirmed: Kenya; South Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda

© Viola Clausnitzer

Appendages (lateral 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.


  • Longfield, C. (1953) The Atoconeura problem (Odon., Libellulidae). Entomologist 86: 42-49 [PDF file]

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