About ADDO

African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online is a collaboration between ConsEnt (Stellenbosch) and ADU (Cape Town) funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation. ADDO brings all available knowledge together of Africa's 770 known species of Odonata. Edited by and based on the work of leading expert K.-D.B. Dijkstra and his collaborators, ADDO enables the application of these beautiful and sensitive aquatic insects in biodiversity conservation and environmental assessment across this vast and rapidly changing continent. If not stated otherwise, all materials (including drawings) were prepared by K.-D.B. Dijkstra.

To learn more, please go to the learning more, studying or identifying Odonata pages, or start browsing the species pages.

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Please refer to any information used from this site as "Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor), 2016. African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. addo.adu.org.za (version 1 July 2016)." If referring to distribution data please refer to the "Odonata Database of Africa" and "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." [ESA link]