In central Africa, it is only known from the eastern highlands of Democratic Republic of Congo (material from Democratic Republic of Congo in The Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium).
In eastern Africa, it is common in highlands of Kenya, Tanzania, Ugandaand Malawi. It is also assumed to be common in Burundi.
In northeastern Africa, it has been recorded from Kenya and Ethiopia. Widespread and common in Kenyan highlands, likely to be common in Ethiopia as well, although the lack of surveys do not allow any statement. Its is likely to occur in southern Sudan highlands as well.
The only the subspecies usambarica occurs in southern Africa; South Africa (Tarboton and Tarboton 2002) and Zimbabwe (Pinhey 1984), and inferred to also occur in Mozambique (Pinhey 1981). In South Africa, the species is known from only a few specimens at scattered localities in the northern Drakenberg and from Kaapsehoop, near Nelspruit (Samways 2006 in press).
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- 2006Least Concern(IUCN 2006)
Highland Hawker or Elliot's Hawker (Aeshna ellioti) is a species of dragonfly in family Aeshnidae. It is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and possibly Burundi. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, rivers, freshwater marshes, freshwater springs, and Alpine wetlands.
- Clausnitzer, V. 2005. Aeshna ellioti. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 9 August 2007.
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