Neodythemis preussi (Karsch, 1891)
Swamp Junglewatcher


  • scientific: Allorrhizucha preussi

Type locality: Kribi, Cameroon


Male is similar to N. katanga by (a) labium (largely) yellow; (b) metastigma enclosed in pale band; (c) antehumeral stripe broad and complete; (d) Fw discoidal field almost parallel-sided, of 1 cell-row at and distal to node, 2-5 cells wide on wing border; (e) apex of cerci thickened. However, differs by (1) ranging from W Uganda to W Africa; (2) posterior corner of metepimeron usually with prominent black marking; (3) metastigma at most with small black spot on dorsal side; (4) pale spots on S7 divided by black on dorsal carina; (5) cerci with shorter apex and more pronounced ventral angle, which tip of epiproct just reaches. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams, but possibly also headwaters, shaded by forest, but sometimes also in open areas in forest. Often with coarse detritus and a soft (like muddy) bottom, probably especially calmer sections (like pools) with blackwater and emergent vegetation. From 0 to 900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Cameroon; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Nigeria; Uganda; NOT confirmed: Central African Republic

Male © Nicolas Meziere

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Male; Gabon, Haut-Ogooué, Bakoumba-Parc de la Lékédi © Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Nicolas Mézière & Cédric Vanappelghem


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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-04-23].