Lestinogomphus matilei Legrand & Lachaise, 2001
Western Fairytail

Type locality: Danané, Cote d'Ivoire


The male of this Upper Guinean species is distinct from other Lestinogomphus by the (1) rather rounded and weakly notched posterior hamule; (2) short S10, its dorsal length being only 1.5-1.7x its apical height; (3) rather thick-tipped cerci; and (4) epiproct that is not deeply bifid as in other species, but ends in a single blunt tip (best seen in ventral view). [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Usually with coarse detritus. Inferred to occur from 0 to 300 m above sea level.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Liberia; Sierra Leone; Togo

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.


  • Legrand, J. et al. (2001). Un nouveau Gomphidae Afrotropical, Lestinogomphus matilei n. sp. (odonata, Anisoptera). Revue francaise Entomologie Nouvelle Serie 23, 1, 1-8. [PDF file]

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