Agriocnemis forcipata Le Roi, 1915
Greater Pincer-tailed Wisp

Type locality: Bahr-el-Ghazal, Sudan


Male is similar to A. victoria by (a) underside of head black, save pale border along eyes; (b) metapleural suture with thick black stripe; (c) cerci long, curved towards each other like forceps; (d) paraprocts much shorter than cerci. However, differs by (1) larger size, Hw 11.5-14 mm; (2) anterior hamule with large anterior point, which is about 1/3 of hamule’s length, and dense clump of thick bristles on its base (near S1); (3) lateral green on S7 extends onto dorsum medially, narrowing dorsal black line, although S7 is all red in immatures and may blacken completely with age; (4) cerci strongly curved, denticles on inner border rather evenly placed. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and often temporary waters, mostly in open areas in forest. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 1200 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; South Sudan

Male (young) © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

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