Bradinopyga strachani (Kirby, 1900)
Red Rockdweller

Type locality: Lagos, Nigeria


Male differs from B. cornuta by (1) ranging from W Kenya to W Africa; (2) frons rounded, without horns; (3) wings clear rather than narrowly tipped brown; (4) Abd red with maturity, rather than brown. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes, but sometimes in open areas in forest. Often with bare banks and a hard (like rocky) bottom. From 0 to 1600 m above sea level, but mostly below 600, although possibly up to 2100.


confirmed: Benin; Burkina Faso; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Ghana; Guinee-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Sudan; Togo; Uganda; NOT confirmed: Republic of Guinea

Male © Olivier Esnault

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; Sierra Leone, Eastern Province, 7 km south of Kenema © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker


  • Kirby, W.F. (1900). Report on the Neuroptera Odonata collected by Mr E. E. Austen at Sierra Leone during August and September 1899. Annals Magazine Natural History, 6, 67-79. [PDF file]
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]
  • Lieftinck, M.A. (1969) Odonates Anisoptères - Odonata Anisoptera. Explor. hydrob. Lac Bangweolo & Luapula 14 (4): 1-64, [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-17].