Elattoneura centrafricana Lindley, 1976
Black-shouldered Threadtail

Type locality: Central African Republic, no locality data available.


Male is similar to widely sympatric E. morini and E. lliba by (a) found at shaded rainforest streams and swamps; (b) body becomes black and/or pruinose with maturity; (c) frons black, not pruinose; (d) eyes largely dark in life. However, differs by (1) pruinosity confined to ventral corner of mesepisternum and concentrated on S8-9; (2) apical process of paraprocts long, paraprocts therefore about as long as high. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Often with a soft (like muddy) bottom and probably blackwater and coarse detritus. From 300 to 1000 m above sea level.


confirmed: Central African Republic; Democratic Republic of the Congo

© KD Dijkstra

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.


  • Lindley, R. P. (1976). A new species of Ethiopian Elattoneura Cowley, 1935 from the Central African Republic, and some notes on the genus (Zygoptera: Protoneuridae). Odonatologica, 5, 153-164.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-07-25].