Lestinogomphus calcaratus Dijkstra, 2015
Spurred Fairytail

Type locality: Negage, Canuango River, Angola


Male recalls L. angustus by (a) the pair of large teeth near the base of the epiproct dorsum. However, (1) is much darker overall, with a black band on the fronto-clypeal suture and a thick black rim to the labrum, the pale area on the collar not extending posteriorly of the middorsal tooth, the humeral and interpleural black stripes thick and enclosing a narrow green stripe, the metapleural black stripe also thick, and the tibiae black without pale streaks; (2) the distal border of the posterior hamule is shallowly notched, rather than almost straight; (3) S10 is shorter, its dorsal length is 1.4-1.7x its apical height, rather than 1.7-2.2x; (4) the curved portions of the cerci bear a small external lobe subapically; and (5) the subbasal teeth of the epiproct have a narrower base, thus appearing sharper and leaning into S10. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Mostly streams but also rivers in open areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest, possibly also in more open and forested areas. Probably often with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom, and/or overhanging bushes. From 300 to 1300 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Tanzania

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. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-21].