Libyogomphus bwambae (Pinhey, 1961)
Bwamba Horntail


  • scientific: Onychogomphus bwambae

Type locality: Bwamba [= Semliki] Forest, Uganda


Male is similar to other Libyogomphus species by (a) ranging from N Zambia and W Uganda to W Africa; (b) cerci and epiproct without dorsal teeth. However, differs from L. tenaculatus by (1) smaller size, Hw 24-25 mm; (2) thorax with 3 rather than 4 green stripes on each side, antehumeral and metepisternal stripes absent, postdorsal stripes fused to (rather than separated from) collar; (3) dorsum of S10 flat rather than humped. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably (headwater) streams shaded by forest. Probably often with coarse detritus and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. Inferred to occur at around 700 m above sea level.


confirmed: Uganda

Appendages (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.


  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). A survey of the dragonflies (order Odonata) of eastern Africa. British Museum, London, 1-214.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-20].