Agriocnemis victoria Fraser, 1928
Lesser Pincer-tailed Wisp

Type locality: Lake Victoria, Uganda


Male is similar to A. forcipata 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) smaller size, Hw 9-11 mm; (2) anterior hamule with small, rather than large anterior point, about 1/4 of its length, its base only with scattered hairs, rather than a clump of thick bristles; (3) S7 all red or only green laterally, dorsal black line not narrowed medially; (4) cerci less curved, denticles concentrated in inner bend, forming toothed ridge. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and often temporary waters, but possibly also flowing channels in marshes, in open landscapes and open areas in forest. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 1600 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Botswana; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Gambia; Guinee-Bissau; Liberia; Namibia; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; NOT confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire

Male (mature) © Nicolas Meziere

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral 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.

Barcode specimen(s):

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

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

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1928). Odonata of the African continent. Transactions Entomological Society London, 76, 123-138. [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]
  • Aguesse, P. (1966). Contribution à la faune de Congo (Brazzaville) Mission A. Villiers et A. Descarpentries XXI. Odonates. Bulletin de l'Institut fondamental d'Afrique, 28, 783-797. [PDF file]

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