Phyllomacromia pallidinervis (Förster, 1906)
Pale-veined Cruiser

Type locality: Ethiopia, no locality data available.


Male is similar to many other species by (a) larger size, Hw 30-42 mm; (b) thorax with 3 pale stripes on each side; (c) dorsum of S10 with peak bearing 1 cone; (d) cerci brown to black. However, is unique by (1) costa largely pale, contrasting with darker Pt; (2) base of cerci with row of ventral spines; (3) cerci short and blunt; (4) epiproct pale, contrasting with dark cerci. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Rivers and streams in open landscapes or shaded by gallery forest. Often with a gravelly, sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom. Recorded at around 1500 m above sea level, but possibly down to 800.


confirmed: Ethiopia; Kenya

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.


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  • Fraser, F.C. (1954). New species of Macromia from tropical Africa. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 49, 41-76. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). Some records of Odonata collected in tropical Africa. Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 25, 20-50. [PDF file]

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