Agriocnemis exilis Selys, 1872
Little Wisp

Type locality: Maroantsetra, Madagascar

Diagnosis

One of the most widespread Agriocnemis, the male separated from other species by (1) hindlobe of prothorax entire, rather than incised at two sides; (2) apex of S10 at most raised, but not extended; (3) paraprocts about as long as cerci, tapering to pointed apex (lateral view); (4) cerci with needle-like ventral process, rather than triangular. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly standing and often temporary waters, but also streams and possibly flowing channels in marshes, in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 2000 m above sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinee-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Republic of South Africa; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Sudan; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Republic of Guinea; Swaziland

Appendages (lateral view)

Head (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, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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


Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, Vumba Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

; Liberia, ,


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

References

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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2019-07-23].