Trithemis dejouxi Pinhey, 1978
Stonewash Dropwing


  • scientific: T. donaldsoni (Calvert, 1899) ssp. dejouxi

Type locality: Ouham River, Bohira, Bouar, Central African Republic


Male is similar to T. donaldsoni by (a) 10½-12½ Ax in Fw, only rarely 13½; (b) Hw base at most with small brown patch, excluding triangle; (c) 3-4 rows between anal loop and tornus; (d) anterior lamina with tapering sides, apex pointed with narrow notch, peaks pale and often knob-like; (e) hamule like sickle; (f) genital lobe directed away from hamule. However, differs by (1) ranging from S Arabia to W Africa; (2) at least Hw usually with yellow wash (rather than wings all clear), base with small but distinct brown patch in cubital space; (3) venter of Abd all black rather than with pale spots. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Rivers in open landscapes. Especially faster sections (rapids, falls), usually with rocks. Inferred to occur from 0 to 1700 m above sea level.


confirmed: Benin; Côte d'Ivoire; Central African Republic; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Ghana; Liberia; Mali; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; NOT confirmed: South Sudan

Male © Oleg Kosterin

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (ventral 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.


  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1978). Comparative notes on an african species of Trithemis Brauer (Odonata: Libellulidae) and its congeners. Arnoldia, 8, 1-7. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-25].