Notogomphus spinosus (Karsch, 1890)
Jungle Longleg


  • scientific: N. verschuereni (Schouteden, 1934); N. anaci Fraser, 1955

Type locality: Kumba, Cameroon


Male is similar to N. gorilla by (a) size, Hw 35-38 mm; (b) labrum black, at most with small basal spots; (c) at least postclypeus and often labrum with dark markings, often largely dark; (d) lower border of antefrons dark like postclypeus; (e) occiput green with narrow black border; (f) thorax with broad, (nearly) complete inter- and metapleural stripes; (g) antehumeral stripe distinct and complete; (h) postdorsal and antehumeral stripes well-defined, separate from each other and pale area of middorsal carina; (i) costa often dark. However, differs by (1) ranging from N DRC to Cameroon; (2) dorsum S2 largely green with 2 isolated black markings on or near apex; (3) Abd parallel-sided, S7-9 scarcely expanded, S8 longer than high or wide. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Mostly headwaters, but also larger streams, shaded by forest. Often with coarse detritus and probably a sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 1000 m above sea level, but possibly up to 1800.


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

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Thorax (dorsal view)

Vulvar scale (ventral 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):

Female; Gabon, Haut-Ogoué, route Moanda-Bakoumka (psite en forêt à droite à 25 km de Moanda) © Mézière, Nicolas

Male; Gabon, Haut-Ogooué, Bakoumba-Parc de la Lékédi © Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Nicolas Mézière & Cédric Vanappelghem


  • Karsch, F. (1890). Über Gomphiden. Entomologische Nachrichten, 16, 370-382.
  • 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]
  • Vick, G.S. (2003). Notes on the genus Notogomphus Selys, 1858 in Cameroon with the descriptions of two new species (Anisoptera: Gomphidae). Odonatologica, 32, 47-60. [PDF file]
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]

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