Gomphidia gamblesi Gauthier, 1987
Western Fingertail

Type locality: Kpalimé, Togo


Male differs from other Gomphidia species by (1) ranging in forested habitats from Gabon to Sierra Leone; (2) cerci curved towards each other sharply, like pair of pliers (dorsal view); (3) legs, posterior hamules, S4-6 and S8-10 are all black, never marked with yellow.

Habitat description

Mostly streams, but also rivers, usually in open areas in forest, but sometimes shaded. Often with a sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom, and probably coarse detritus. From 0 to 600 m above sea level, but mostly between 100 and 300.


confirmed: Benin; Cameroon; Gabon; Ghana; Liberia; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Togo; NOT confirmed: Nigeria

Male © Nicolas Meziere

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, male; Gabon, Haut-Ogoué, route Franceville-Okondja, 2 km avant Okila © Mézière, Nicolas

Male; Gabon, Haut-Ogooué, Franceville-Okondja Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Nicolas Mézière & Cédric Vanappelghem

Male; Liberia, Grand Gedeh County, Putu Iron Ore Mining concession © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker


  • Gauthier, A. (1987). Description d'une nouvelle espèce de Gomphidae du Togo (Afrique Occidentale) Gomphidia gamblesi spec.nov. (Odonata). Bulletin Societe entomologique Mulhouse, 3, 41-44. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-23].