Orthetrum latihami Pinhey, 1966
Dambo Skimmer

Type locality: P.N.G[aramba]., DRC

Diagnosis

Male is similar to O. macrostigma (a) thorax without whitish stripes; (b) 2 cell-rows in radial planate, sum of cell-doublings in all wings 11-29, rarely down to only 4; (c) Pt 3.5-5 mm, 13-15% of Hw length; (d) anterior lamina does not reach over hook of hamule, with notched apex; (e) lobe of hamule prominent, space between it and hook usually gaping cleft. However, differs by (1) ranging from NE DRC to W Africa; (2) smaller size, Hw 26-31 mm; (3) labium broadly black rather than all pale; (4) dorsal carina of Abd not black (when not pruinose); (5) hook of hamule relatively small, lying close to large and round lobe. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and probably often temporary waters in open landscapes, but sometimes also open areas in forest. Often with emergent vegetation and a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 1000 m above sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Central African Republic; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Liberia; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone


© KD Dijkstra


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):


Female; Sierra Leone, Eastern Province, 7 km south of Kenema © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Sierra Leone, Eastern Province, 7 km south of Kenema © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Makento-Vanyapa Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Yekepa © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Female; Liberia, Nimba County, Makento-Vanyapa Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Yekepa © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Yekepa © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Yekepa © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, East Nimba Nature Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay

References

  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1966). Odonata. Exploration Parc National Garamba. Mission H de Saeger, 45, 1-114.
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1971). Odonata collected in Republique Centre-Africaine by R. Pujol. Arnoldia, 5, 1-16. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2019-05-26].