Hadrothemis vrijdaghi Schouteden, 1934
Golden-winged Jungleskimmer

Type locality: Coquilhatville [= Mbandaka], DRC


Male is similar to H. camarensis by (a) frons at least partially dark metallic; (b) labrum all pale, sometimes dark brown or black; (c) labium all pale; (d) vertex without tubercles; (e) thorax and Abd dull brown to black, not rufous; (f) numerous cell-doublings in medial planate of Fw and often Hw; (g) Pt seldom over 4 mm long; (h) S2 under 4 mm broad. However, differs by (1) being restricted to the C Congo Basin; (2) mesepisterna largely blackish to brown, like sides of thorax; (3) wings all deep golden-yellow; (4) Fw triangle of 3 cells (rarely 2 or 4), subtriangle of 5-6 (occasionally varies 3-8). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably small pockets of often temporary water in tree holes (and similar small containers) shaded by forest. Probably often with coarse detritus. From 300 to 700 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Male © KD Dijkstra

Abdominal segment 2 (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):

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

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


  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]
  • Fraser, F.C. (1953). New genera and species of Libellulines from the Belgian Congo. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 48, 242-256. [PDF file]

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