Agriocnemis sania Nielsen, 1959
Nile Wisp


  • scientific: A. pygmaea (Rambur, 1842) ssp. sania
  • vernacular: Desert Wisp

Type locality: Errer Gota, Ethiopia


Male is notably different to other African Agriocnemis species (and more like the Asian A. pygmaea) by (1) only known from N Kenya to NE Africa; (2) cerci at most as long as S10 with blunt ventral process directed away from S10; (3) paraprocts much shorter than cerci and almost concealed in S10, complex and rather blunt, with numerous apical and basal denticles. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing waters, but also rivers, in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 1400 m above sea level.


confirmed: Egypt; Ethiopia; Kenya; Libya; Sudan

© Hans-Joachim Clausnitzer

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.


  • Nielsen, C. (1959). Una nuova specis del genere Agriocnemis Selys (Odonata) di Gat (Fezzan). Rivista Biologia Coloniale, 16, 33-40. [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]

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