Notiothemis jonesi Ris, 1919
Eastern Forestwatcher

Type locality: Natal (M'Fongosi), South Africa


Male differs from N. robertsi by (1) ranging from N Kenya to South Africa; (2) labrum largely pale rather than black; (3) antefrons pale, not marked with black; (4) postdorsal stripes roundly triangular rather than linear, and restricted to ventral end of mesepisternum; (5) 2 Cux in Hw, rather than 3 or 4; (6) apex of cerci with shoe-like thickening, rather than slender. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and often temporary waters, but possibly also streams, shaded by (sometimes gallery) forest. Often pools in stream beds, usually with coarse detritus and often a soft (like muddy) bottom, and probably also overhanging branches. From 300 to 2300 m above sea level, but mostly between 500 and 1600.


confirmed: Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Republic of South Africa; Rwanda; Tanzania; Uganda; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Zambia

© Warwick Tarboton

Appendages (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; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Ris, F. (1919). Libellulinen 9. Fasc. XVI in Collections Zoologiques Baron Edm Selys Longchamps, 16, 1043-1278.
  • Ris, F. (1921). The Odonata or Dragonflies of South Africa. Annals South African Museum, XVIII, 245-452. [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. (1944). A note on the genus Notiothemis Ris, with the description of a new species (order Odonata). Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society of London, 3, 40-43. [PDF file]
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-25].