Macrodiplax cora (Brauer, 1867)
Coastal Pennant

Type locality: Ceram, Indonesia


The only species currently recognised in this genus in Africa. Please refer to the genus diagnosis and introduction for more information.

Habitat description

Standing waters in open landscapes, notably coastal. Usually with emergent vegetation, often coarse detritus and a soft (like muddy) bottom, and probably tolerant of brackish water. Recorded mostly near sea level, but possibly up to 400 m.


confirmed: Republic of South Africa; Socotra (Yemen); Somalia

Male (young) © Paul Schrijvershof

Male (mature) © Paul Schrijvershof

Abdominal segment 2 (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.


  • Brauer, F. (1867). Beschreibung neuer exotischer Libellen aus den Gattungen Neurothemis, Libellula, Diplax, Celithemis und Tramea. Verhandlungen zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft Wien, 17, 3-26.

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