Notogomphus lujai (Schouteden, 1934)
Albertine Longleg

Type locality: Kivu, Buseregenye (Rutshuru), DRC


Male is similar to N. dorsalis by (a) labrum and postclypeus predominantly dark; (b) lower border of antefrons dark like postclypeus; (c) thorax at most with traces of dark inter- and metapleural stripes; (d) antehumeral stripe distinct and complete; (e) postdorsal stripes may be merged with pale area of middorsal carina or antehumeral stripe; (f) ventral teeth of cerci directed down- or inwards, only visible in dorsal view in latter case. However, differs by (1) ranging from W Kenya, through Uganda to Katanga; (2) larger size, Hw 30-38 mm; (3) postdorsal stripes usually well-separated from middorsal carina; (4) Pt 3 mm or more; (5) cerci blunt rather than pointed, almost truncate like fists, with ventral teeth directed downwards, not visible in dorsal view; (6) apices of epiproct rounded or pointed rather than square-cut. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest, sometimes also by gallery forest. Often with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom and probably coarse detritus. From 900 to 2200 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kenya; Rwanda; Tanzania; Uganda

Male © Hans-Joachim Clausnitzer

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Head (front)

Thorax (lateral view)

Thorax (dorsal view)

Vulvar scale (ventral 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.


  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Fraser, F.C. (1949). Gomphidae from the Belgian Congo (order Odonata). Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 42, 101-138. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-04-22].