Agriocnemis inversa Karsch, 1899
Highland Wisp

Type locality: Lake Victoria, Uganda


Male is similar to A. gratiosa by (a) generally at open habitats; widespread in E and S Africa; (b) antehumeral stripes normally present, or thorax pruinose; (c) Pt in all wings of similar hue; (d) paraprocts longer than cerci, often longer than S10, and slender, tapering to single fine point. However, differs by (1) apex of S10 raised to rod-like process; (2) cerci with blunt apex; (3) paraprocts about 2x as long as S10. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and probably often temporary waters, but possibly also large lakes, in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 600 to 1900 m above sea level, but possibly down to 300.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ethiopia; Kenya; Rwanda; South Sudan; Uganda; NOT confirmed: Djibouti; Malawi; Sudan; Tanzania

Male( young) © Hans-Joachim Clausnitzer

Male (mature) © Hans-Joachim Clausnitzer

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.


  • Karsch, F. (1899). Neue Odonaten aus Ost- und Süd-Afrika mit Einschluss des Seengebietes. Entomologische Nachrichten, 25, 369-382. [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]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). New or little-known dragonflies (Odonata) of Central and Southern Africa. Occasional Papers National Museum Southern Rhodesia, 26, 892-911. [PDF file]

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