Agriocnemis angolensis Longfield, 1947
Blue Wisp

Type locality: Sangévé, Angola


Male is similar to A. bumhilli by (a) very small size, Hw 9-10 mm; (b) labrum pale, or dark with pale border; (c) cerci longer than S10 with long, finger-like process; (d) paraprocts much shorter than cerci, ending in single denticle. However, differs by (1) ranging from Angola to N Botswana, N Namibia and N Zambia; (2) antehumeral stripes present; (3) costa above Hw Pt widened, with white pruinosity; (4) S10 not swollen, smaller than S9; (5) cerci parallel-sided with broadly rounded apex in dorsal view. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing waters, rivers, flowing channels in marshes and possibly streams in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation, and probably boggy. From 600 to 2200 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Botswana; Namibia; Zambia

Male © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (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):

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Longfield, C. (1947). The Odonata of South Angola. Results of the missions scientifiques suisses 1928-29, 1932-33. Arquivos Museu Bocage, 16, 1-31. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1974). A revision of the African Agriocnemis Selys and Mortonagrion Fraser (Odonata Coenagrionidae). Occasional Papers National Museums Rhodesia B Natural Science, 5, 171-278. [PDF file]
  • Balinsky, B.I. (1963). A contribution towards the systematics of dragonflies of southern Africa (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 26, 228-255. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-21].