Crenigomphus renei Fraser, 1936
Western Talontail

Type locality: Lake Albert, Uganda


Males differs from other Crenigomphus species with S8-9 lacking foliations by (1) ranging from Lake Victoria to W Africa; (2) cerci straight and parallel in dorsal view, with narrow space between them; (3) epiproct with dorsal teeth at midlength (lateral view), and deep slit between its elongate branches (dorsal view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also large lakes, in open landscapes. Mostly with a sandy bottom and often bare banks. From 100 to 1800 m above sea level.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Mali; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Tanzania; Uganda

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdomen (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.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1936). A note on the identification of some obscure genera and species of the family Gomphidae (Odonata). Proceedings Royal Entomological Society London Serie B, 5, 137-143. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Fraser, F.C. (1949). Gomphidae from the Belgian Congo (order Odonata). Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 42, 101-138. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-05-22].