Phyllomacromia kimminsi (Fraser, 1954)
Crescent-faced Cruiser

Type locality: Kaballa, Sierra Leone


Male is similar to darker members of paula-group by (a) thorax with 3 pale stripes on each side; (b) dorsum of S10 with peak bearing 2 cones clearly separated at their base (best seen in caudal view). However, differs by (1) frons pale rather than broadly dark, marked with isolated dark crescent; (2) hamule elongate rather than stout; (3) cerci and genital lobe pale rather than black. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known well, but possibly rivers or flowing channels in marshes shaded by gallery forest. Often with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom and probably coarse detritus. From 0 to 1500 m above sea level.


confirmed: Botswana; Central African Republic; Kenya; Sierra Leone; Uganda; Zambia; NOT confirmed: Tanzania

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Male; Gabon, Haut-Ogooué, Franceville-Kessala Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Nicolas Mézière & Cédric Vanappelghem


  • Fraser, F.C. (1954). New species of Macromia from tropical Africa. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 49, 41-76. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-20].