Bradinopyga cornuta Ris, 1911
Horned Rockdweller

Type locality: Mozambique, Tanzania, no locality data available.


Male differs from B. strachani by (1) ranging from N Uganda and Kenya to Namibia and South Africa; (2) frons with distinct lateral processes, like horns, well visible in dorsal view; (3) wings narrowly tipped brown rather than clear, and Hw often broadly brown at base; (4) Abd brown rather than red with maturity. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes. Often with bare banks and a hard (like rocky) bottom. From 0 to 1700 m above sea level, but mostly below 1600.


confirmed: Botswana; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Republic of South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe

Male © Allan Brandon

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

Head (dorsal 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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Kundelungu National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Tanzania, Kigoma Region, Lower Malagarasi Basin © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, Chimanimani National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Ris, F. (1911). Libellulinen 5. Fasc. XIII, in Collections Zoologiques du Baron Edm. de Selys Longchamps. Brussels: Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, 13, 529-700.
  • Ris, F. (1921). The Odonata or Dragonflies of South Africa. Annals South African Museum, XVIII, 245-452. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1966). Check-list of dragonflies (Odonata) from Malawi, with description of a new Teinobasis Kirby. Arnoldia, 2, 1-24. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-19].