Agriocnemis palaeforma Pinhey, 1959
Papyrus Wisp


  • scientific: A. dissimilis D'Andrea & Carfì, 1997

Type locality: Jinja, Uganda


Male is unmistakable by combination of (1) being restricted to papyrus swamps, currently known only from Uganda; (2) relatively large size, Hw 11-14 mm; (3) labrum all black, rather than pale or dark with pale border; (4) cerci much longer than paraprocts and very broad, like paddle. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Flowing channels in marshes, but possibly also rivers and standing waters, in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation, notably papyrus. From 1100 to 1600 m above sea level.


confirmed: Rwanda; Uganda

Male © 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.


  • Pinhey, E. C. G. (1959). New dragonflies of the genus Agriocnemis and a key to males of this genus. Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 22, 465-468. [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 Scienc 5 (4): 171-278 [PDF file]
  • D' Andrea, M., and Carfi, S. (1997). Nuove raccolte di odonati del Camerun con note su Agriocnemis maclachlani Selys, 1877 edescrizione di Agriocnemis dissimilis sp. nov. e Trithemis osvaldae sp. nov. Atti Societa italiana Scienze naturali, 136, 157-190. [PDF file]

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