Notogomphus zernyi (St. Quentin, 1942)
Striped Longleg

Type locality: Lupembe Mt, Tanzania


Male is similar to N. praetorius by (a) ranging from S Tanzania to South Africa; (b) face all pale, at most with thin dark line on frons or at base postclypeus; (c) antehumeral stripe broad; (d) interpleural suture usually with black stripe between metastigma and wing base; (e) postdorsal stripes separate from pale area of middorsal carina; (f) costa pale; (g) ventral teeth of cerci directed downwards, not visible in dorsal view. However, differs by (1) ranging from S Tanzania to Zimbabwe; (2) smaller size, Hw 25-28 mm; (3) postdorsal stripe forms elongate band isolated by black of mesepisternum; (4)‘posthumeral’ stripe absent; (5) cerci more or less parallel, rather than diverging at base; (6) ventral tooth of cerci large rather than small. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Streams in open landscapes, but possibly also shaded by gallery forest. Probably often with coarse detritus and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. Inferred to occur from 700 to 2300 m above sea level.


confirmed: Malawi; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe

© Phil Benstead

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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, northside of Nyanga National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, © Tarboton, W.


  • St. Quentin, D. (1942). Annalen Naturhistorischen Museums Wien (B), 52, 106-116. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1966). Check-list of dragonflies (Odonata) from Malawi, with description of a new Teinobasis Kirby. Arnoldia, 2, 1-24. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-04-21].