Agriocnemis maclachlani Selys, 1877
Forest Wisp


  • scientific: A. aligulae Pinhey, 1974

Type locality: Gabon, no locality data available.


Male is similar to A. gratiosa and A. inversa by (a) antehumeral stripes normally present, or thorax pruinose; (b) paraprocts longer than cerci, often longer than S10. However differs by (1) being restricted to or near forest from Uganda to W Africa; (2) Pt in Hw darker than in Fw with maturity; (3) paraprocts thick, ending in toothed ridge, more than 2x as long as cerci. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and probably often temporary waters shaded by or in open areas in (gallery) forest. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 1500 m above sea level, but mostly below 700.


confirmed: Benin; Burkina Faso; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinee-Bissau; Liberia; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Uganda; NOT confirmed: Republic of Guinea

Male (mature) © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (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):

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-25].