Micromacromia miraculosa (Förster, 1906)
Usambara Micmac

Type locality: Usambara Mts, Tanzania

Diagnosis

Distinctive species restricted to the East Usambara Mts of NE Tanzania that is unlikely to overlap with other Micromacromia species and combines (1) labium with central black marking; (2) black thorax with isolated pale spots, with antehumeral stripe reduced to 2-3 spots; (4) Fw triangle and subtriangle of usually of 2 cells, although rarely 1; (5) anal loop of 12-15 cells. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Headwater streams, but possibly also seeps, springs and larger streams, shaded by forest. Probably often with coarse detritus and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. From 400 to 1000 m above sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Tanzania


Female © KD Dijkstra


Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

Thorax (lateral 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; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Female; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Female; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

References

  • Förster, F. (1906). Die Libellulidengattungen von Afrika und Madagaskar. Jahresbericht Mannheimer Vereins Naturkunde, 72, 1-67.
  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B., and Vick, G.S. (2006). Inflation by venation and the bankruptcy of traditional genera: the case of Neodythemis and Micromacromia, with keys to the continental African species and the description of two new Neodythemis species from the Albertine Rift (Odonata: Libellulidae) International Journal Odonatology, 9, 51-70. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2018-08-14].