Phyllogomphus selysi Schouteden, 1933
Bold Leaftail


  • scientific: P. aethiops sensu Corbet, 1956 nec Selys, 1854; P. orientalis Fraser, 1957; P. edentatus St. Quentin, 1958; P. latifasciae Pinhey, 1961; P. symoensi Lieftinck, 1969; P. brunneus Pinhey, 1976; P. corbetae Vick, 1999
  • vernacular: Southern L.

Type locality: Bas-Congo, Lemfu, DRC


Male is similar to P. coloratus by (a) posterior hamule slender, its posterior border almost straight; (b) S4-6 with pairs of yellow basal spots; (c) cerci about 2x as long as epiproct; (d) apices of cerci slender and pointed (dorsal view). However, differs by (1) being widespread; (2) inner branch of anterior hamule longer than outer; (3) S10 flat, profile of dorsal ridge almost straight; (4) cerci with rounded ventral swelling (lateral view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also large lakes and streams and possibly flowing channels in marshes, in open landscapes, open areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest. Often with a sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 1400 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Botswana; Cameroon; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Kenya; Malawi; Namibia; Republic of South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Mozambique

Male © KD Dijkstra

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

Head (front)

Vulvar scale (ventral view)

Anterior hamule (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):

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, Lower Lomami © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Tanzania, Kigoma Region, Lower Malagarasi Basin © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Tanzania, Kigoma Region, Lower Malagarasi Basin © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Schouteden, H. (1933). Un nouveau Phyllogomphus congolais (Odonata, Gomphinae). Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 23, 340-342. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1966). Check-list of dragonflies (Odonata) from Malawi, with description of a new Teinobasis Kirby. Arnoldia, 2, 1-24. [PDF file]
  • Fraser, F.C. (1949). Gomphidae from the Belgian Congo (order Odonata). Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 42, 101-138. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Some dragonflies (Odonata) from Angola and descriptions of three new species of the family Gomphidae. Publicacoes culturais Companhia Diamantes Angola, 56, 79-86. [PDF file]
  • Fraser, F.C. (1957). A revision of the genus Phyllogomphus Selys with descriptions of five new species. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 56, 9-32. [PDF file]
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]
  • Lieftinck, M.A. (1969). Odonates Anisoptères - Odonata Anisoptera. Explor. hydrob. Lac Bangweolo and Luapula, 14, 1-64. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-23].