Proplatycnemis pembipes (Dijkstra et al., 2007)
Pemba Featherleg


  • scientific: Platycnemis pembipes

Type locality: Pemba Island, Ngezi Forest, Tanzania


The only species currently recognised in this genus in Africa. Please refer to the genus diagnosis and introduction for more information.

Habitat description

Known only from a seasonal stream shaded by forest. Mostly with a soft (like muddy) bottom, usually coarse detritus, often bare banks and probably dead trunks or branches. Only recorded near sea level.


confirmed: Tanzania

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.


  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Clausnitzer, V., and Martens, A. (2007). Tropical African Platycnemis damselflies (Odonata: Platycnemididae) and the biogeographical significance of a new species from Pemba Island, Tanzania. Systematics and Biodiversity, 5, 187-198. [PDF file]
  • Republic of Congo. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 46. Conservation International, Arlington, VA, USA. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-21].