Zyxomma atlanticum Selys, 1889
Smoky Duskdarter

Type locality: West Africa, no locality data available.

Diagnosis

The only species currently recognised in this genus in Africa. Please refer to the genus diagnosis and introduction for more information.

Habitat description

Standing and probably often temporary waters shaded by forest. Probably often with overhanging branches, coarse detritus and/or a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 1300 m above sea level, but mostly below 600.

Distribution

confirmed: Benin; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Guinee-Bissau; Liberia; Nigeria; Republic of South Africa; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Uganda


Male © Warwick Tarboton


Male © Dirk Motshagen

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; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, Kisangani


Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, Kisangani © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, northern bank Yah (Dayea) River near Gbapa © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, West Nimba Proposed Forest Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay

References

  • de Sélys-Longchamps, E. (1889). Odonates de Sumatra comprenant les espèces recueillies à Pulo Nias par M. le Dr. E. Modigliani. Annali de Museo civico di storia naturale de Genova, 27, 444-484.
  • Balinsky, B.I. (1961). Observations on the dragonfly fauna of the coastal region of Zululand, with descriptions of three new species (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 24, 72-91. [PDF file]
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1971). Odonata collected in Republique Centre-Africaine by R. Pujol. Arnoldia, 5, 1-16. [PDF file]
  • Aguesse, P. (1966). Contribution à la faune de Congo (Brazzaville) Mission A. Villiers et A. Descarpentries XXI. Odonates. Bulletin de l'Institut fondamental d'Afrique, 28, 783-797. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2019-11-20].