Orthetrum julia Kirby, 1900
Type locality: Sierra Leone, no locality data available.
Male is similar to O. saegeri by (a) frons at most with dorsal dark markings running down onto shields; (d) 1 row in radial planate, sum of cell-doublings 0-10 [0-14]; (c) all subcostal Ax dark; (f) Abd of normal proportions, shorter than Hw; (b) labrum always partly pale, although often with black; (e) Abd usually shorter than Hw (if longer, S4-6 with transverse bands); (g) S4-6 with pale transverse subapical bands or spots, S7-9 and usually S10 all dark. Cerci often all pale in young specimens. However, differs by (1) often being dominant in forest, but not exclusive to it; (2) Hw base often with dark brown patch; (3) metepimeral carina marked with black line; (4) hook of hamule slender, turned back- or outward, not excised anteriorly. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]
Mostly streams, but also standing and probably often temporary waters, headwaters, seeps and springs, mostly shaded by gallery forest, but also shaded by forest, in open areas in forest or open landscapes. Often with a soft (like muddy) bottom, probably especially pools in stream beds. From 0 to 2500 m above sea level, but mostly below 1600.
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.
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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2019-05-25].