Zosteraeschna ellioti (Kirby, 1896)
Highland Hawker

Type locality: Ruwenzori, Uganda


Male differs from Z. usambarica by (1) ranging from NW Tanzania, through C Kenya to Uganda and Ethiopia; (2) antehumeral stripes linear rather than triangular; (3) mes- and metepimeral pale stripes narrow rather than broad, with space between them 2-3x as wide as each stripe. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams and standing waters shaded by or in open areas in forest. Especially pools in stream beds, often with emergent vegetation, coarse detritus and/or probably blackwater and overhanging branches. Inferred to occur from 800 to 3800 m above sea level, but mostly between 1100 and 2100.


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

Male © Viola Clausnitzer

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral 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.


  • Kirby, W.F. (1896). On a new dragonfly captured by Mr. Scott Elliot in East Africa. Annals Magazine Natural History Series 6, 17, 124-125.
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]
  • 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. Odonata, 14, 1-52.

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