Lestinogomphus obtusus Dijkstra, 2015
Blunt-toothed Fairytail

Type locality: West Nimba Proposed Forest Reserve, Bentor, Liberia


Male recalls L. angustus by (a) the prominent pair of teeth near the base of the epiproct dorsum. However, (1) is one of the darkest Lestinogomphus known, with a broad 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 black on the humeral and interpleural sutures forming a single broad band, while these are (partly) separate in most species as shown for L. calcaratus n. sp., the black metapleural stripe is almost as wide, and the tibiae black without pale streaks; (2) S10 is relatively long, its dorsal length about 2.1x its apical height, rather than 1.7-2.2x; and (3) the subbasal teeth of the epiproct are short and blunt. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Probably often with coarse detritus. Recorded at around 200 to 500 m above sea level.


confirmed: Benin; Liberia

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/ [2024-07-25].