Syncordulia serendipator Dijkstra et al., 2007
Rustic Presba

Type locality: Witriver, Bain's Kloof, South Africa


Unique in genus by (1) pale markings on S3-8 concentrated apically on segments; (2) male cerci stout, less than 3x as long as S10, robustly angled ventrally near base and laterally near apex; (3) male epiproct bifurcate; (4) lobes of female’s vulvar scale less than half as long as the distance between their bases.

Habitat description

Streams, but possibly also rivers, shaded by gallery forest, but sometimes in open landscapes. Often calmer sections (like pools) with rocks and probably submerged roots and/or coarse detritus. Inferred to occur from 100 to 800 m above sea level.


confirmed: Republic of South Africa

© KD Dijkstra

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Appendages (ventral view)

Abdomen (dorsal view)

Abdomen (lateral view)

Secondary genitalia (lateral view)

Vulvar scale (lateral 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.


  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Samways, M.J., and Simaika, J.P. (2007). Two new relict Syncordulia species found during museum and field studies of threatened dragonflies in the Cape Floristic Region (Odonata: Corduliidae). Zootaxa, 1467, 19-34.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-25].