Ischnura evansi Morton, 1919
Desert Bluetail

Type locality: Basra and Amara, Iraq


Male differs from other Ischnura species by Fw Pt having an all dark centre with pale rim, rather than being sharply two-toned. Ranging only from Djibouti to Egypt within Africa, differs from I. abyssinica and I. senegalensis by (1) dorsal black on S2 of rather even width throughout, rather than being narrower at apex; (2) paraprocts as long as cerci, rather than longer. May be cinfused with I. fountaineae in Egypt. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing waters in open landscapes. Often with emergent and aquatic vegetation. Tolerant of brackish water. Inferred to occur from 0 to 900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Djibouti; Egypt; Sudan

Male © Jean-Pierre Boudot

Appendages (lateral view)

Appendages (caudal view)

Forewing pterostigma

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.


  • Morton, K.J. (1919). Odonata from Mesopotamia. Entomologists Monthly Magazine, 55,143-151.

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