Pseudagrion (A) guichardi Kimmins, 1958
Ethiopian Sprite

Type locality: Limu , Ethiopia


Male is similar to P. kaffinum by (a) being restricted to Ethiopian highlands only; (b) frons not pruinose Frons more extensively black; (c) labrum all pale; (d) antehumeral stripes and postocular spots usually well-developed; (e) 3 cells between Fw quadrilateral and subnode [3-4]; (f) cerci with basal tooth present separate from poorly developed flange, although it may be hard to see; (g) lower branch of cerci not so large, not strongly incurved Branches of cerci long and pointed, gap between them larger. However, differs by (1) larger size, Hw 22-26 mm; (2) postclypeus all black, rather than black with orange border; (3) dorsum S8-10 with continuous bright blue marking, often constricted medially on S8-9. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Usually with rocks, often emergent vegetation, probably submerged roots and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. Inferred to occur from 1200 to 2900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Ethiopia

© Viola Clausnitzer

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.


  • Kimmins, D.E. (1958). New species and subspecies of Odonata. Bulletin British Museum Natural History Entomology, 7, 349-358.
  • 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. [2024-07-21].