Trithemis africana (Brauer, 1867)
Western Mantled Dropwing

Type locality: Sierra Leone, no locality data available.


No diagnosis of this species close to T. tropicana is presently available. Please refer to that species and the references provided.

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Mostly with a gravelly but often also sandy bottom, probably especially calmer sections (like pools) with submerged roots and/or coarse detritus. From 100 to 400 m above sea level.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Liberia; Sierra Leone

Abdominal segment 2 (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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Male; Liberia, Gbarpolu County, Gola National Forest © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker

Female; Liberia, Gbarpolu County, Gola National Forest © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker


  • Brauer, F. (1867). Neue exotische Odonaten. Verhandlungen K K zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft Wien, 17, 811-816.
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1970). Monographic study of the genus Trithemis Brauer (Odonata: Libellulidae). Memoirs Entomological Society Southern Africa, 11, 1-159. [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. [2024-07-25].