Pinheyschna waterstoni Peters & Theischinger, 2011
Ethiopian Hawker

Type locality: Antoto, north of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia


Male is similar to P. meruensis by (a) stem of black mark on frons round and surrounded by pale area like bull’s-eye; (b) Pt 2.5-3.5 mm, under 8% of Hw length; (c) membranule grey, almost without white at base; (d) anal triangle of 2 cells, although occasionally 3; (e) genital lobe short and triangular, apex pointed. However, differs by (1) being restricted to Ethiopia and presumably W Sudan; (2) genital lobe curved, apex twisted downwards. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by gallery forest, but possibly also in open landscapes. Usually with rocks, probably especially faster sections with overhanging branches and/or dead trunks or branches. From 1200 to 3000 m above sea level, but possibly down to 700.


confirmed: Ethiopia; Sudan

© KD Dijkstra

Abdominal segment 2 (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.


  • Peters, G. & Theischinger, G. 2011. The genera of the afrotropical "Aeshnini": Afroaeschna gen. nov., Pinheyschna gen. nov. and Zosteraeschna gen. nov., with the description of Pinheyschna waterstoni spec. nov. (Anisoptera: Aeshnidae). Odonatologica 40(3):227-249. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-05-29].