Lestinogomphus silkeae Kipping, 2006
Silke's Fairytail

Type locality: Northern Okavango Delta, Botswana


Male is similar to L. angustus by (a) the prominent pair of teeth near the base of the epiproct dorsum. However, differs by (1) being restricted to N Botswana and W Zimbabwe; (2) pale areas alongside middorsal carina do not extend beyond tooth of carina; (3) S10 less than 2x as long as high; (4) teeth of epiproct narrow- rather than broad-based, directed into S10. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014 and Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Rivers, and possibly flowing channels in marshes, shaded by gallery forest. Often with a sandy bottom and probably coarse detritus. Recorded at around 900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Botswana; Zimbabwe

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.


  • Kipping, J. (2006). Lestinogomphus silkeae, spec. nov., a new gomphid species from the northern Okavango Delta, Botswana (Odonata: Anisoptera). Cimbebasia Memoirs, 5, 1-6. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-20].