Neurogomphus uelensis Schouteden, 1934
Congo Siphontail


  • scientific: ? N. paenuelensis Cammaerts, 2004

Type locality: Uele, Dingila, DRC


Male is similar to N. cocytius and N. zambeziensis by (a) Hw 26-35 mm; (b) labrum all dark; (c) occiput at least partly dark, often with smooth border; not notched in middle, although often denticulate; (d) sides of thorax mainly pale; (e) humeral suture with broad dark stripe; (f) 11-17 Ax in Fw; (g) S3-7 each at most with isolated pale dorsal stripes; (h) lateral tooth of cerci usually prominent. However, differs by (1) ranging from N DRC to Gabon; (2) S4-6 at most with narrow pale basal rings; (3) S10 slightly longer than S9; (4) lateral tooth stands almost at midlength of cerci. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Rivers in open areas in forest. Probably often with a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 300 to 700 m above sea level.


confirmed: Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdomen (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

Head (front)

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.


  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]
  • Fraser, F.C. (1955). New species and new additions to the Odonata of the Belgian Congo. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 51, 33-43. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). Some records of Odonata collected in tropical Africa. Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 25, 20-50. [PDF file]

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