Aciagrion bapepe Dijkstra, 2015
Type locality: Lower Itimbiri, Loeka River (= Gwolo) mouth, DRC
Male is most similar to A. balachowskyi and A. nodosum by (a) the complete black middorsal stripe on the mesepisterna; (b) the cerci that are about as long as the paraprocts and bear a conspicuous ventral process in lateral view; and (c) the large tooth surpassing the base of the paraprocts. However, (1) is larger, Hw 23.0-25.0 mm (n = 5) rather than 19.0-21.0 mm; (2) Pt are reddish brown with maturity, instead of blackish; (3) S10 is largely blue and not at least dorsally extensively black; and (4) the cerci have a distinctly pointed apex that is abruptly separated from the triangular ventral process, rather than being more or less continuous with it. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]
Standing and mostly temporary waters shaded by forest. Probably often with coarse detritus. From 300 to 500 m above sea level.
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.
- Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Mézière, N., and Kipping, J. (2015). Sixty new dragonfly and damselfly species from Africa (Odonata). Odonatologica, 44, 447-678.
Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2023-11-29].