Neodythemis nyungwe Dijkstra & Vick, 2006
Nyungwe Junglewatcher

Type locality: Nyungwe Forest, Uganda


Male is similar to N. munyaga by (a) labrum black; (b) interpleural stripe complete, enclosing three pale spots with metapleural stripe; (c) Fw discoidal field widens distally, 1 cell-row at base, 2-3 rows proximal to node, 4-11 cells wide on wing border; (d) black of genital lobe connected to black dorsum of S2; (e) subapical spot on S3 shifted ventrally, out of alignment with latero-basal streak; (f) ventral spots on S6-8 extend almost to lateral carinae or even onto dorsum. However, differs by (1) being restricted to the Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda; (2) larger size, Hw 30-31 mm; (3) vertex all black rather than yellow anteriorly; (4) pale markings on mesepimeron and metepimeron both broken into two well-separated spots; (5) antehumeral stripe connected dorsally to pale stripe along middorsal carina; (6) ventral pale spots on S3-8 extend across lateral carinae onto dorsum. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Seeps, springs and headwater streams shaded by forest. Usually with coarse detritus and a soft (like muddy) bottom. Recorded between 1900 and 2000 m above sea level.


confirmed: Rwanda

Thorax (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.


  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B., and Vick, G.S. (2006). Inflation by venation and the bankruptcy of traditional genera: the case of Neodythemis and Micromacromia, with keys to the continental African species and the description of two new Neodythemis species from the Albertine Rift (Odonata: Libellulidae). International Journal of Odonatology, 9, 51-70. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-23].