Thermochoria jeanneli (Martin, 1915)
Clear-winged Piedface


  • scientific: T. equivocata Kirby, 1889 f. âbâ Ris, 1919

Type locality: Kenya, no locality data available.


Male is similar to T. equivocata by (a) all wings with 2-4 cross-veins in bridge spaces and 2-4 Cux, only rarely 1; (b) Fw arculus distal to Ax2; (c) Hw triangle of 2 cells, only rarely 1; (d) 12½-18½ Ax in Fw. However, differs by (1) ranging from S Kenya to Zambia and N Malawi; (2) larger size, Hw 26-32 mm; (3) Fw and Hw without subcostal streaks. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters shaded by (gallery) forest. Especially pools in stream beds, usually with coarse detritus and often a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 1500 m above sea level, but mostly between 1000 and 1500, although possibly even higher up.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kenya; Malawi; Tanzania; Zambia

Male (young) © Jens Kipping

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; Tanzania, Pemba North Region, Pemba Island © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Martin, R. (1915) Insectes Pseudoneuroptères. II. Odonata. In: Voyage de Ch. Alluaud et R. Jeannel en Afrique orientale (1911-1912). Résultats scientifiques. Insectes. Paris 19-50 [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. [2024-06-23].