Agriocnemis bumhilli Kipping et al., 2012
Bumhill Wisp

Type locality: Kwando River, Namibia


Male is similar to A. angolensis 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) known only from the Kwando River, NE Namibia; (2) antehumeral stripes absent; (3) costa above Hw Pt normal, rather than being widened with white pruinosity; (4) S10 swollen, larger than S9; (5) cerci taper to pointed apex in dorsal view. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Rivers and flowing channels in marshes in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 900 to 1400 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Namibia

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.


  • Kipping, J., Martens, A., and Suhling, F. (2012). Africa’s smallest damselfly—a new Agriocnemis from Namibia Odonata Coenagrionidae. Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 12, 301-306. [PDF file]

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