Genus Amanipodagrion Pinhey, 1962
Amani flatwings

Type species: Amanipodagrion gilliesi Pinhey, 1962


Monotypic genus, endemic to the East Usambara Mts, north-eastern Tanzania. A. gilliesi recalls the unrelated Chlorolestes because of its large size (hindwing 32-34 mm), rest posture with open wings and long drooping abdomen, and dark coloration with broad brown wing bands (nearer pterostigma than node) and white pruinose dorsum of abdominal segments 8-10. Currently known only from one small deeply shaded rocky stream in the Amani-Zigi Forest. Genetic research suggests that Amanipodagrion is not closely related to any other damselflies and may require a family of its own. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]


The only genus currently recognised in this group. Please refer to the genus introduction for more information.

Amanipodagrion gilliesi Pinhey, 1962. Male © Viola Clausnitzer

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. (1962). Some records of Odonata collected in tropical Africa. Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa, 25, 20-50. [PDF file]
  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B, and Clausnitzer, V. (2014). The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Eastern Africa: handbook for all Odonata from Sudan to Zimbabwe. Studies in Afrotropical Zoology, 298, 1-264.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-15].