Crenigomphus denticulatus Selys, 1892
Little Talontail

Type locality: Kobbo, Shoa, Ethiopia


Male is closest to C. hartmanni by (a) S8-9 with foliations which are often bordered with black; (b) dorsum S10 flat; (c) branches of epiproct taper to very slender apices, appearing like nib of fountain pen. However, differs by (1) being restricted to Ethiopia; (2) smaller size, Hw about 24 mm; (3) S10 about 2x as long as S9; (4) cerci straight, in lateral view most clearly curved at apex, in dorsal view parallel with narrow space between them (rather than gradually curved); (5) epiproct strongly rather than weakly up-curved, usually projecting beyond cerci in lateral view. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably rivers or streams in open landscapes. Probably especially faster sections with bare banks, rocks and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. From 1000 to 2900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Ethiopia

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.


  • de Sélys-Longchamps, E. (1892). Causeries odonatologiques. No. 6. Gomphines d'Afrique Annales Societe Entomologique Belgique, 36, 1-22.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2020-07-10].