Pinheyschna meruensis (Sjöstedt, 1909)
Meru Hawker


  • scientific: Aeshna meruensis

Type locality: Mt Meru, Tanzania


Male is similar to P. waterstoni by (a) stem of black mark on frons round and surrounded by pale area like bull’s-eye; (b) Pt 2.5-3.5 mm, under 8% of Hw length; (c) membranule grey, almost without white at base; (d) anal triangle of 2 cells, although occasionally 3; (e) genital lobe short and triangular, apex pointed. However, differs by (1) being restricted to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Katanga; (2) genital lobe straight, rather than curved with apex twisted downwards. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams in open landscapes. Especially faster sections, usually with rocks and/or dead trunks or branches, and probably overhanging branches. Inferred to occur from 1500 to 2300 m above sea level, but possibly down to 700.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda

Male © Callan Cohen

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Sjöstedt, Y. (1909). Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der schwedischen zoologischen Expedition nach dem Kilimandjaro, dem Meru und den umgebenden Massaisteppen Deutsch-Ostafrikas 1905-1906 unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Yngve Sjöstedt. 14. Pseudoneuroptera. 1. Odonata, 14, 1-52.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-20].