Elattoneura lliba Legrand, 1985
Eastern Stream Threadtail

Type locality: Makokou, Mezalé River, Gabon


Male is similar to widely sympatric E. morini 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; (e) pruinosity extends over full width of mesepisternum and concentrated on S9-10, sometimes extending to S7; (f) apical process of paraprocts short, paraprocts therefore distinctly shorter than high. However, differs by (1) pruinosity concentrated on anterior 2/3 of mesepisternum; (2) only dorsum of S9-10 pruinose; (3) penis without distinct apical lobes; (4) ventral process of cerci with 2 closely placed apical teeth (best seen in caudal view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams and headwaters shaded by forest. Often with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom and probably submerged roots. From 0 to 900 m above sea level, but mostly between 300 and 800.


confirmed: Angola; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Uganda


Appendages (lateral view)

Penis (lateral view)

Penis (dorsal 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, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

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

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, Serra do Pinganu © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Gabon, NGOUNIE, Mbigou © Mézière, Nicolas

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, Lower Lomami © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Legrand , J. (1985). Elattoneura afrotropicaux nouveaux ou peu connus (Odonata: Protoneuridae). Nouvelle Revue d’Entomologie, 2,159-68. [PDF file]

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