Elattoneura balli Kimmins, 1938
Western Stream Threadtail

Type locality: Bafodea, Sierra Leone


No diagnosis of this species close to E. lliba is presently available. Please refer to the references provided.

Habitat description

Streams, but possibly also headwaters, shaded by forest. Often with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom and probably submerged roots. From 0 to 800 m above sea level, but mostly below 700, although possibly up to 1800.


confirmed: Benin; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea; Ghana; Liberia; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Togo

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Appendages (lateral view)

Penis (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.


  • Kimmins, D.E. (1938). New African species of Elattoneura (Odonata). Journal of Natural History, 1, 294-302. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). Some records of Odonata collected in tropical Africa. Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 25, 20-50. [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. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-07-25].