Porpax bipunctus Pinhey, 1966
Seepage Pricklyleg

Type locality: Mamfe, Cameroon


Male is similar to P. sentipes by (a) anterior side of hind femur and trochanter bare, at most with some scattered short hairs; (b) Abd never pruinose. However, differs by (1) relatively larger size, Hw 24-27 mm; (2) pale band across frons often complete; (3) prothorax without spot above coxa; (4) spiracular dorsum (anterior to mesepisterna) with large central pale spot; (5) interpleural stripe often narrower than pale stripes bordering it; (6) anal loop open on wing border; (7) spines in outer anterior row of hind femur entirely in single file; (8) pale ring on S6 skewed dorso-apically. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly seeps and springs, but also standing waters, shaded by forest. Usually with coarse detritus. From 0 to 800 m above sea level, but mostly between 100 and 700.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone

Male © Nicolas Meziere

Abdominal segments 1-4

Abdominal segment 6 (lateral view)

Thorax (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):

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Mt Tokadeh © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Grand Gedeh County, Putu Iron Ore Mining concession © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker

Male; Liberia, Grand Gedeh County, Putu Iron Ore Mining concession © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker

Male; Gabon, Haut-Ogooué, Bakoumba-Parc de la Lékédi © Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Nicolas Mézière & Cédric Vanappelghem

Male; Sierra Leone, Eastern Province, Gola Forest © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker



  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1966). Odonata. Exploration Parc National Garamba. Mission H de Saeger, 45, 1-114.
  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B. (2006). Taxonomy and biogeography of Porpax, a dragonfly genus centred in the Congo Basin (Odonata, Libellulidae) Tijdschrift Entomologie, 149, 71-88. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-23].