Urothemis thomasi Longfield, 1932
- scientific: U. signata (Rambur, 1842) ssp. aethiopica Nielsen, 1957
Type locality: Qara Mountains, Saudi Arabia
Male is similar to U. assignata and U. luciana by red Abd, thorax and frons with maturity. However, differs by (1) Pt 2.5 mm or less; (2) Hw base usually with orange and not dark brown marking; (3) hamule about as long as genital lobe; (4) Abd dorsum without black. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]
Not known well, but probably often temporary streams and possibly rivers in open landscapes. Often calmer sections (like pools), usually with emergent vegetation. Inferred to occur at around 1600 m above sea level, but probably actually found much lower.
Abdominal segment 2 (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.
- Longfield, C. (1932). A new species of the genus Urothemis from Southern Arabia, and some comments on the species of Odonata inhabiting the Qara Mountains. Stylops, 1, 34-35.
Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2023-06-05].