Notogomphus flavifrons Fraser, 1952
Yellow-fronted Longleg

Type locality: Mafuga Forest, Uganda


Male is similar to N. maathaiae by (a) at least postclypeus and often labrum with dark markings, often largely dark; (b) antefrons pale, including lower part which contrasts with darker postclypeus; (c) border of occiput rather straight or rounded; (d) antehumeral stripe absent, indistinct or narrow and broken; (e) postdorsal stripes at most partly fused with pale areas of collar and middorsal carina; (f) costa often dark; (g) branches of epiproct strongly incurved, parallel to cerci or even eclipsed by them. However, differs by (1) being restricted to SW Uganda; (2) labrum with pale corners rather than all dark; (3) antehumeral stripe present, may be vague or broken; (4) postdorsal stripes lie close to middorsal carina and narrowly confluent with collar; (5) cerci like feet, with round heel and acute toe (dorsal view), rather than being blunt like boxing glove. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Recorded from open stream in forest. Probably with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom and coarse detritus. Recorded at around 1400 and 2300 m above sea level.


confirmed: Rwanda; Uganda

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Head (front)

Thorax (lateral view)

Thorax (dorsal 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.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1952). Notes on African Gomphidae with descriptions of four new species and a new genus (order Odonata). Occasional Papers Coryndon Memorial Museum, 3, 3-12. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-16].