Acisoma ascalaphoides Rambur, 1842

Littoral pintail, Grizzled pintail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Acisoma inflata Selys, 1882; Acisoma panorpoides ascalaphoides Rambur, 1842


Conservation Status

Rediscovered in 2004 (Mens et al., 2016)

IUCN RedList status: Endangered


The supposed pre-1993 rediscovery of the species by (Samraoui et al., 1993) appears to be erroneous, as the species is contemporaneously considered a strict Malagasy endemic.





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Rambur, [J.] P. (1842). Histoire Naturelle des Insectes: Orthoptères, Névroptères, Hémiptères, Hyménoptères, Lépidoptères et Diptères. Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret. Fain et Thunot, Paris: 1-534, pls. 1-12.

Other references:

Consiglio, T., Schatz, G.E., Lowry II, P.P., Rabenantoandro, J., Rogers, Z.S., Rabevohitra, R. and Rabehevitra, D. 2006. Deforestation and plant diversity of Madagascar's littoral forests. Conservation Biology 20(6): 1799-803.

Consiglio, T., Schatz, G.E., McPherson, G., Lowry II, P.P., Rabenantoandro, J., Rogers, Z.S., Rabevohitra, R. & Rabehevitra D. 2006. Deforestation and plant diversity of Madagascar’s littoral forests. Conservation Biology 20: 1799–1803.

Máiz-Tomé, L., Sayer, C. and Darwall, W. (eds.). (2018). The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands hotspot. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. viii + 128 pp.

Mens, L. P., Schütte, K., Stokvis, F. R. and Dijkstra, K.-D. B. (2016). Six, not two, species of Acisoma pintail dragonfly (Odonata: Libellulidae). Zootaxa 4109(2): 153-172. [Abstract]

Samraoui B., Benyacoub S., Mecibah S. and Dumont, H.J. (1993). Afrotropical libellulids in the lake district of El kala, NE Algeria, with a rediscovery of Urothemis e. edwardsi (Selys) and Acisoma panorpoides ascalaphoides (Rambur) (Anisoptera: Libellulidae). Odonatologica 22: 365-372.

Schütte, K. 2017. Acisoma ascalaphoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T13186336A98873386. Downloaded on 03 March 2018.

Schütte K. & P. Razafindraibe. 2007. Checklist of dragonflies of the littoral forests near Tolagnaro (Fort Dauphin). Biodiversity, ecology and conservation of littoral ecosystems in southeastern Madagascar, Tolagnaro (Fort Dauphin). Ganzhorn J.U., Goodman S.M., Vincelette M. (eds.) Smithsonian Institution, Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Series 11.: 163-165.


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