Elattoneura villiersi (Fraser, 1948)
White-shouldered Threadtail


  • scientific: Prodasineura villiersi
  • vernacular: White-fronted T.

Type locality: Yapo, Cote d'Ivoire


No full diagnosis of this species is presently available, but mature male unmistakable in its western African range by combination of white thoracic dorsum and pruinose S9-10.

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Often with a gravelly, sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom and probably coarse detritus. From 0 to 800 m above sea level, but mostly below 800.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Liberia; Sierra Leone

© KD Dijkstra

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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, West Nimba Proposed Forest Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Mt Tokadeh © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Grassfield-Zotarpa Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1948). Three new species of Ethiopian Odonata. Proceedings Royal Entomological Society London Serie B 17, 5-10. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-07-21].