Elattoneura pasquinii Consiglio, 1978
Ethiopian Threadtail

Type locality: Kaffa Province, Ethiopia


Male is similar to E. cellularis by (a) being rarely found in dense forest; (b) frons pruinose with maturity; (c) eyes largely blue in life, rather than dark; (d) ventral process of cerci with 1 tooth. However, differs by (1) being restricted to Ethiopia; (2) mesepisternum usually largely pruinose, rather than only the antehumeral stripe; (3) penis with slender filament-like lateral branches. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Rivers in open landscapes, but sometimes shaded by gallery forest. Often with emergent vegetation and probably a gravelly, sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom. Recorded at around 1600 m above sea level.


confirmed: Ethiopia

© 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.


  • Consiglio, C. (1978). Odonata collected in ethopia by the expeditions of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 375, 27-51. [PDF file]
  • Clausnitzer, V., and Dijkstra, K.-D.B. 2005. The dragonflies (Odonata) of Ethiopia, with notes on the status of endemic taxa and the description of a new species. Entomologische Zeitschrift, 115, 117-130. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2018-01-22].