Crenigomphus abyssinicus (Selys, 1878)
Ethiopian Talontail

Type locality: Ethiopia, no locality data available.


Males differs from other Crenigomphus species with foliations on S8-9 by (1) being restricted to Ethiopia; (2) foliations S8-9 pale rather than being bordered with black; (3) dorsum S10 raised to hump at apex, rather than being flat; (4) branches of epiproct with broad and rounded rather than slender apices (dorsal view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably rivers or streams in open landscapes. Probably especially faster sections with bare banks, rocks and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. Recorded at around 2000 m above sea level, but possibly up to 3000.


confirmed: Ethiopia

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (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.


  • de Sélys-Longchamps, E. (1878). Quatrièmes additions au synopsis des Gomphines. (section 1) Bulletin de l'Académie royale des Sciences de Belgique 2, 46, 408-471.
  • 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. [2018-06-24].