Neodythemis campioni Ris, 1915
River Junglewatcher


  • scientific: Allorrhizucha campioni

Type locality: Dumballa, Sierra Leone


Male is nearest to N. klingi by (a) labium broadly black in middle; (b) pale antehumeral stripe incomplete; (c) interpleural and metapleural stripes fused to form broad black band; (d) Fw discoidal field of 1 cell-row at and distal of node, 2-5 cells wide on wing border; (e) apex of cerci slender. Differs by (1) occurring on rivers in Upper Guinea, rather than on streams and/or more widespread; (2) antehumeral stripe reduced to short stripe dorsally and spot ventrally, rather than to a dorsal spot or nothing; (3) mesepimeral stripe tapered dorsally, rather than truncate; (4) Fw usually with 3-5 Cux, rather than 1; (5) hook of hamule quite erect and visible in lateral view, rather than lying in horizontal plain and thus concealed.

Habitat description

Rivers shaded by forest, but sometimes in open areas in forest. Often with a sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom and probably submerged roots and/or coarse detritus. From 100 to 800 m above sea level.


confirmed: Liberia; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone

Male © KD Dijkstra

Thorax (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):

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

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

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


  • Ris, F. (1915). New dragonflies (Odonata) of the subfamily Libellulinae from Sierra Leone. Annals Magazine Natural History,8, 213-223. [PDF file]

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