Agriocnemis toto Dijkstra, 2015
Toto's Wisp

Type locality: Negage, Canuango River, Angola


Male is similar to many African Agriocnemis species with its (a) moderate size, Hw 12.0 mm (n = 1); (b) all-black labrum and postclypeus with metallic purple and blue shine respectively; (c) pronotal hindlobe divided into two small rounded lateral lobes and one larger fanlike central section; (d) all Pt pale brown; and (e) S8-10 orange. However, the appendages are distinctive with structure nearest to A. falcifera and A. pinheyi, but proportions like A. gratiosa and A. inversa, with (1) the distal border of S10 slightly raised medio-dorsally; (2) the cerci about as long as S10 and the paraprocts about 1.5 times as long; (3) the cerci falcate and hollowed out apically, like A. falcifera, A. pinheyi and A. stygia Fraser, 1954 but much sleeker, with the ventral process exceptionally long and narrow, extending down to reach between the paraprocts; and (4) the paraprocts triangular, i.e. wide at base and tapering distally like A. falcifera, with horizontally flattened tips terminating in a transverse black ridge recalling A. maclachlani. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Standing and often temporary waters in open landscapes. Often boggy, usually with emergent vegetation. Recorded at around 1200 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola

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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Mézière, N., and Kipping, J. (2015). Sixty new dragonfly and damselfly species from Africa (Odonata). Odonatologica, 44, 447-678.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-23].