Trithemis integra Dijkstra, 2007
Albertine Dropwing


  • scientific: T. basitincta sensu Pinhey, 1970 nec Ris, 1912

Type locality: Mpanda District, Tanzania


Male is similar to T. aconita and T. congolica by (a) dorsum of frons metallic blue or purple, occasionally pale, bronze or black; (b) all wings with 2-8 celldoublings in radial planate [0-8]; (c) Fw discoidal field of 3-4 rows; 3-4 rows between anal loop and tornus; (d) arculus between Ax1-2, at most at Ax2 in Hw; (e) Hw base at most with small brown patch, excluding triangle; (f) anterior lamina not bifid, apex at most grooved; (g) hamule with long sickle-shaped hook; genital lobe directed away from hamule. However, differs by (1) being restricted to Uganda, W Tanzania and E DRC; (2) 16½-18½ Ax in Fw [14½-18½]; (3) patch at Hw base confined to subcostal and cubital space, not or scarcely extending onto anal field, resulting in distinct double streaks; (4) apex of anterior lamina dark rather than pale, rather pointed rather than swollen, and bearing long hairs; (5) hamule gradually curved rarther than straight; (6) genital lobe short and pointed, rather than long and rounded. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Probably often with overhanging branches, submerged roots, coarse detritus and/or a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. From 700 to 1500 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Tanzania; Uganda

© KD Dijkstra

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B. (2007). The name-bearing types of Odonata held in the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, with systematic notes on Afrotropical taxa. Part 2: Zygoptera and descriptions of new species. International Journal of Odonatology, 10, 137-170. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-25].