Notogomphus lecythus Campion, 1923
Northern Longleg


  • scientific: N. immisericors Campion, 1923; N. cataractae Consiglio, 1978

Type locality: Kaffa Province, Ethiopia


Male is similar to N. kilimandjaricus by (a) face all pale, at most with thin dark line on frons or at base postclypeus; (b) antehumeral stripe narrow, indistinct or absent; interpleural suture unmarked; (c) postdorsal stripes merged with pale area of middorsal carina, at most thinly separated; (d) costa pale; (e) ventral teeth of cerci directed outwards, visible in dorsal view. However, differs by (1) ranging from W Kenya to Ethiopia; (2) postdorsal stripes completely merged with pale area of middorsal carina; (3) middorsal carina only with black spot on its tooth, rather than being largely lined with black; (4) S9-10 black with contrasting yellow dorsal and lateral markings, rather than being uniformly orange-brown; (5) cerci twisted rather than straight, like feet with prominent heel and toe; (6) branches of epiproct short. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Rivers and streams in open areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest. Often with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom and probably coarse detritus. Inferred to occur from 1200 to 1800 m above sea level.


confirmed: Ethiopia; Kenya

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.


  • Campion, H. (1923). Descriptions of Three Species of Notogomphus (Odonata) from East Africa. Annals Magazine Natural History Series 9, 12, 659-669.
  • Consiglio, C. (1978). New and rare species of Notogomphus from Ethopia. Odonata collected in ethopia by the expeditions of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 375, 53-58. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-05-25].