Onychogomphus kitchingmani Pinhey, 1961
Pale Claspertail

Type locality: Mwinilunga, Zambia


Male belongs to pale species of supinus-group of Onychogomphus by (a) face all pale; (b) black humeral stripe(s) narrower than pale stripes anterior and posterior to it; (c) at least front and mid tibiae pale or black with pale streak. However, (1) currently only known from N Zambia; (2) small, Hw 24-25 mm; (3) S3-7 mostly pale basally and black apically, thus showing pattern of alternate pale and black rings in dorsal view, e.g. black on S3 never connected to basal border; (4) foliations on S8 only about 1/7 as deep as segment is high. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Rivers shaded by gallery forest. Especially faster sections (rapids, falls), usually with rocks and probably a sandy bottom. Recorded at around 1300 m above sea level, but possibly also at 1400.


confirmed: Zambia

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.


  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies collected on an expedition from Rhodesia to Nigeria in 1958. Part 1. Entomologists Monthly Magazine, 96, 256-271. [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. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-16].