Africallagma elongatum (Martin, 1907)
Elongate Bluet

Type locality: Lumbwa, Kenya


Male is similar to A. fractum by (a) spine of paraprocts reaches well beyond its bulge and usually also beyond tip of cerci; (b) cerci with dorsal border markedly excised (lateral view). However, differs by (1) ranging from Ethiopia to Uganda and N Tanzania; (2) humeral stripe often complete and at least as wide as antehumeral stripe; (3) cerci with dorsal border deeply excised (lateral view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes, but sometimes in open areas in forest. Often with emergent and usually aquatic vegetation. From 500 to 2700 m above sea level, but mostly between 700 and 2200.


confirmed: Ethiopia; Kenya; Rwanda; Tanzania; Uganda; NOT confirmed: Eritrea

Male © Oleg Kosterin

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Appendages (caudal view)

Penis (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; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Martin, R. (1907). Collections recueillies par M. Maurice de Rothschild dans l'Afrique orientale anglaise: Insectes: Odonates nouveaux. Bulletin Museum Histoire Naturelle 7,508-514. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). Odonata Zygoptera. Exploration Hydrobiologique Bassin Lac Bangweolo Luapula, 14, 1-43. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-23].