Orthetrum angustiventre (Rambur, 1842)
Many-celled Skimmer

Type locality: Senegal, no locality data available.


Male is similar to O. austeni by (a) great size, Hw 34-50 mm; (b) Fw triangle 3-4 cells, subtriangle of 5-10 cells; (c) Fw discoidal field of 4-5 cell-rows at base; (d) Pt 5 mm or more. However, differs by (1) favouring pools in savanna and woodland; (2) membranule whitish rather than dark; (3) 17-19 Ax in Fw; (4) subcostal Ax pale rather than dark; (5) 3-4 cell-rows in radial planate; (6) Abd under 3 mm wide. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and probably often temporary waters in open landscapes, but sometimes also open areas in forest or possibly shaded by gallery forest. Often with emergent vegetation and a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 700 m above sea level, but possibly up to 1800.


confirmed: Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gambia; Ghana; Guinee-Bissau; Liberia; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; NOT confirmed: Angola; Côte d'Ivoire; Kenya; Republic of Guinea

Male © Wil Leurs

Abdominal segment 2 (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):

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Kundelungu National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Sierra Leone, Eastern Province, Gola Forest © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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