Lestinogomphus nefrens Dijkstra & Mézière, 2015
Small-toothed Fairytail

Type locality: PN des Monts Birougou, Gabon


Male recalls the sympatric L. congoensis by (a) being quite dark, with a broad dark band on the fronto-clypeal suture and a thick black rim to the labrum, distinct and straight humeral, interpleural and metapleural black stripes, and the tibiae black without pale streaks; and (b) the pair of small teeth close to the tip of the epiproct dorsum. However, (1) the pale area on the collar extends posteriorly of the middorsal tooth, at least in females, as the holotype is too teneral to see this, (2) the ventral section of the interpleural black stripe connects to the humeral marking, rather as shown for L. calcaratus n. sp, while in L. congoensis it extends across the mesepimeron to connect with its dorsal section; (3) the relatively short S10, its dorsal length being 1.8-1.9x its apical height, rather than 2.1-2.2x; and (4) the epiproct is flat rather than raised at its base with longer and more slender branches, the paired teeth are larger and placed basal rather than apical to the deepest point of the notch separating the branches. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Usually with sandy bottom. From 400 to 800 m above sea level.


confirmed: Gabon

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., Mézière, N., and Kipping, J. (2015). Sixty new dragonfly and damselfly species from Africa (Odonata). Odonatologica, 44, 447-678. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2019-03-24].