Crenigomphus cornutus Pinhey, 1956
Horned Talontail

Type locality: Victoria falls, Zambezi, Zambia


Male is similar to C. kavangoensis by (a) S8-9 without foliations; (b) cerci curved toward each other in dorsal view, with wide space between them; (c) epiproct with dorsal teeth near apex, and wide notch between very short branches. However, differs by (1) ranging from Katanga to Namibia and South Africa; (2) cerci slightly longer than epiproct and about as long as S10, rather than cerci being distinctly longer than epiproct. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Rivers in open landscapes and open areas in forest. Mostly with a sandy bottom and often bare banks. From 900 to 1400 m above sea level, but possibly down to 300.


confirmed: Angola; Botswana; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Namibia; Republic of South Africa; Zambia; Zimbabwe

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):

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Pinhey, E. C. G. (1956). A new Rhodesian dragonfly of the family Gomphidae. Occasional Papers National Museum Southern Rhodesi B, 21, 83-84 [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Lieftinck, M.A. (1969). Odonates Anisoptères - Odonata Anisoptera. Explor. hydrob. Lac Bangweolo and Luapula, 14, 1-64. [PDF file]

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