Neodythemis katanga Dijkstra, 2015
Katanga Junglewatcher

Type locality: Upemba NP, Lusinga, DRC

Diagnosis

Male is similar to N. preussi by (a) fairly small size, Hw 26.0-28.0 mm (n = 8); (b) the largely yellow labium; (c) the broad and complete pale antehumeral stripes; (d) 14-15 Ax in Fw; (e) Fw discoidal field of 1 cell-row both at and distal to the node, 2-3 cells wide on wing border; (f) 0 cross-veins in Fw triangle and 0-1 in Hw; (g) 1 Cux in Fw and 2 in Hw; (h) 3-4 cells in Hw anal loop; (i) the hook of hamule raised and thus visible in lateral view; and (j) the thickened apex of cerci. However, has (1) a narrow black stripe running through the metastigma towards the middle leg; (2) the metepimeron posteriorly only rarely black; (3) the pale spots of S7 merged across the dorsal carina; and (4) cerci with a more slender apex and less pronounced ventral angle, which the tip of the epiproct surpasses clearly. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by gallery forest. Probably especially calmer sections (like pools) with blackwater and coarse detritus. From 500 to 1800 m above sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Zambia


Male © KD Dijkstra


Appendages (lateral view)

Thorax (lateral view)

Secondary genitalia (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; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Reference

  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Mézière, N., and Kipping, J. (2015). Sixty new dragonfly and damselfly species from Africa (Odonata). Odonatologica, 44, 447-678.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2022-07-02].