Pentaphlebia gamblesi Parr, 1977
Gambles's Relic

Type locality: Obudu Plateau, Nigeria


Known only from the male holotype, which differs from P. stahli by (1) 3-4 Ax in each wing, rather than 5-7 Ax;

(2) Pt swollen with posterior margin strongly convex, rather than narrow with straightish posterior margin; (3) cerci more than (rather than less) 2x as long as S10, their apices smooth with long and shallow subapical blade, rather than spiny apices with short and deep subapical blade; (4) only extreme tips of paraprocts upturned, rather than entire apical half (lateral view).

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Probably especially faster sections (rapids, falls) with rocks. Recorded at around 1500 m above sea level.


confirmed: Nigeria

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.


  • Parr, M.J. (1977). A second species of Pentaphlebia Foerster (Zygoptera: Amphipterygidae) from the Nigerian-Cameroun border. Odonatologica, 6, 77-82. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-04-23].