Neodythemis munyaga Dijkstra & Vick, 2006
Bwindi Junglewatcher

Type locality: Munyaga Valley, Uganda

Diagnosis

Male is similar to N. nyungwe by (a) labrum black; (b) interpleural stripe complete, enclosing three pale spots with metapleural stripe; (c) Fw discoidal field widens distally, 1 cell-row at base, 2-3 rows proximal to node, 4-11 cells wide on wing border; (d) black of genital lobe connected to black dorsum of S2; (e) subapical spot on S3 shifted ventrally, out of alignment with latero-basal streak; (f) ventral spots on S6-8 extend almost to lateral carinae or even onto dorsum. However, differs by (1) being known only from Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest in SW Uganda; (2) smaller size, Hw 26-28 mm; (3) black vertex yellow anteriorly; (4) pale markings on mesepimeron and metepimeron both forming a single band, sometimes broken narrowly; (5) antehumeral stripe separated from middorsal stripe; (6) ventral spots on S3-8 limited by black on lateral carinae. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Headwater streams, but possibly also larger streams, shaded by forest. Probably often with emergent vegetation, coarse detritus and a gravelly, sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom. From 1500 to 1800 m above sea level, but possibly up to 2300.

Distribution

confirmed: Uganda


Male © Rachel Hopper


Abdominal segment 2 (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.


Reference

  • 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 of Odonatology, 9, 51-70. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2020-02-29].