Notogomphus kilimandjaricus (Sjöstedt, 1909)
Rusty-tipped Longleg


  • scientific: N. kilimanjaricus; N. meruensis (Sjöstedt, 1909)

Type locality: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


Male is similar to N. lecythus by (a) face all pale, at most with thin dark line on frons or at base postclypeus; (b) antehumeral stripe narrow, indistinct or absent; interpleural suture unmarked; (c) postdorsal stripes merged with pale area of middorsal carina, at most thinly separated; (d) costa pale; (e) ventral teeth of cerci directed outwards, visible in dorsal view. However, differs by (1) being restricted to S Kenya and N Tanzania; (2) postdorsal stripes at least partly separated from pale area of middorsal carina; (3) middorsal carina largely lined with black rather than only with black spot on its tooth; (4) S9-10 uniformly orange-brown, rather than black with yellow markings; (5) cerci rather straight (dorsal view) rather than twisted; (6) branches of epiproct elongate rather than short. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Rivers and streams in open landscapes or shaded by gallery forest. Often with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom and probably coarse detritus. Inferred to occur from 1100 to 2300 m above sea level.


confirmed: Kenya; Tanzania

Female © Callan Cohen

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Head (front)

Thorax (lateral view)

Thorax (dorsal 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.


  • Sjöstedt, Y. (1909). Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der schwedischen zoologischen Expedition nach dem Kilimandjaro, dem Meru und den umgebenden Massaisteppen Deutsch-Ostafrikas 1905-1906 unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Yngve Sjöstedt. 14. Pseudoneuroptera. 1. Odonata, 14, 1-52.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-21].