Aciagrion rarum (Longfield, 1947)
Tiny Slim

Type locality: Lunda, Angola


Male is similar to A. gracile and A. macrootithenae by clearly longer and larger paraprocts than cerci, with dorsal and very basal tooth and apex swollen and rounded (lateral and caudal view). However differs by (1) smaller size, Hw 12-13 mm; (2) cerci with triangular ventral process extending below its apex, rather than being closer to base; (3) paraprocts 2x as long as cerci. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known, but possibly standing and often temporary waters shaded by gallery forest. Inferred to occur at around 600 m above sea level, but possibly up to 1300.


confirmed: Angola

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. (1947). The Odonata of South Angola. Results of the missions scientifiques suisses 1928-29, 1932-33. Arquivos Museu Bocage, 16, 1-31. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1972). The genus Aciagrion Selys (Odonata). Occasional Papers National Museums Rhodesia B Natural Science, 5, 1-59. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-21].