Microgomphus nyassicus (Grünberg, 1902)
Eastern Scissortail


  • scientific: M. mozambicensis Pinhey, 1959

Type locality: Mozambique-Zimbabwe border, Zimbabwe


Separation from the possibly synonymous Microgomphus schoutedeni is tentative: may range from southern Kenya to Katanga and north-eastern South Africa, having the inner branch about as thick and long as the outer branch, with a wider cleft of the epiproct. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest, but possibly also in open areas. Probably often with coarse detritus. Inferred to occur from 100 to 1800 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kenya; Mozambique; Republic of South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Angola

Male © KD Dijkstra

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Appendages (ventral 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):

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

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

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, Ubundu Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Grünberg, K. (1902). Sitzungsberichte Gesellschaft naturforschender Freunde Berli, 9, 230-237.
  • 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. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-04-20].