Trithetrum navasi (Lacroix, 1921)
Fiery Darter


  • scientific: Sympetrum navasi
  • vernacular: Swamp Darter; Navas's D.

Type locality: Bingerville, Cote d'Ivoire


Male is similar to T. congoense by (a) body parts uniform: thorax unmarked; frons without band; mid and hind femur all black; S1-10 unmarked; (b) venation blackish; (c) Fw discoidal field 5-8 cells wide on wing border. However, differs by (1) face and thorax brown; Abd and Pt red; (2) lobe of hamule triangular, somewhat angled on anterior side, its tip not extending beyond genital lobe. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also streams, standing waters and possibly large lakes and flowing channels in marshes, mostly in open landscapes, but also open areas in forest. Usually with emergent vegetation. From 0 to 1500 m above sea level.


confirmed: Benin; Botswana; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Namibia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Togo

Male © KD Dijkstra

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; Liberia, Grand Gedeh County, Putu Iron Ore Mining concession © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Equateur, Lower Itimbiri © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, East of Isangi © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Pair; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, East of Isangi © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

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


  • Lacroix, J.L. (1921). Deux Odonates nouvelles. Annales Societe linneenne Lyon, 67, 45-59. [PDF file]
  • Lieftinck, M.A. (1969). Odonates Anisoptères - Odonata Anisoptera. Explor. hydrob. Lac Bangweolo and Luapula, 14, 1-64. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-16].