Onychogomphus nigrotibialis Sjöstedt, 1909
Intermediate Claspertail


  • scientific: O. supinus Hagen in Selys, 1854 ssp. nigrotibialis

Type locality: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


Male is intermediate to pale and dark species of supinus-group of Onychogomphus by (a) labrum largely pale rather than black, but postclypeus at least partly dark; (b) broadly black on humeral stripe, this area at least as wide as flanking pale stripes; (c) all tibiae all black. Differs from darker O. seydeli and O. styx by (1) ranging from C Kenya to Ethiopia; (2) foliation on S8 deeper than that on S9, rather than about equally deep on both segments. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known well, but probably rivers or streams in open landscapes, open areas in forest, or shaded by gallery forest. Probably often with a sandy bottom. Inferred to occur from 1200 to 1900 m above sea level, but possibly down to 300.


confirmed: Kenya; Tanzania; NOT confirmed: Ethiopia

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.


  • Sjöstedt, Y. (1909). Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der schwedischen zoologischen Expedition nach dem Kilimandjaro, dem Meru und den umgebenden Massaisteppen Deutsch-Ostafrikas 1905-1906 unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Yngve Sjöstedt. 14. Pseudoneuroptera. Odonata, 14, 1-52.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-16].