Ictinogomphus fraseri Kimmins, 1958
Western Tigertail

Type locality: Port Lokko, Sierra Leone


Male is similar to I. regisalberti by (a) being very dark, with labrum black with 2 large central pale spots, black band across clypeus, and apices of vertex black; (b) cerci with strongly up-curved apex and sharp ventral angle. However differs by (1) being confined to forested rivers from Sierra Leone to Gabon; (2) broken antehumeral stripe; (3) posterior hamule without an internal hollow bearing a dense hair tuft; (4) cerci all dark, not broaldy pale dorsally.

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also streams, in open areas in forest, but sometimes shaded. Often with a sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 700 m above sea level.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Gabon; Ghana; Liberia; Sierra Leone; NOT confirmed: Senegal

© KD Dijkstra

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (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, male; Gabon, Haut-Ogoué, route d'Onguila © Mézière, Nicolas

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, West Nimba Proposed Forest Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, border with Guinea © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay

Male; Sierra Leone, Eastern Province, Gola Forest © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker

Male; Gabon, Haut-Ogooué, Mounana-Lastoursville Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Nicolas Mézière

Female; Liberia, Grand Gedeh County, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker


  • Kimmins, D.E. (1958). New species and subspecies of Odonata. Bulletin British Museum Natural History. Entomology, 7, 349-358.
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). Some records of Odonata collected in tropical Africa. Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 25, 20-50. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-07-20].