Neurogomphus pallidus Cammaerts, 1967
Pale Siphontail

Type locality: Lubumbashi, DRC

Diagnosis

Male is similar to N. featheri by (a) labrum pale, usually with darker centre; (b) occiput not notched in middle (although often deticulate), all pale, and often with denticulate border; (c) sides of thorax mainly pale; (d) humeral suture covered by pale stripe, bordered anteriorly and posteriorly by narrow dark stripes; (e) 11-17 Ax in Fw; (f) S3-7 with continuous pale dorsal stripe; (g) lateral tooth of cerci usually prominent. However, differs by (1) being restricted to Katanga; (2) larger size, Hw 32-34 mm; (3) occiput over 2x wider than high; (4) posterior hamule stout rather than slender. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably rivers or streams in open landscapes. Probably often with a soft (like muddy) bottom. Recorded at around 1300 m above sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

Head (front)

Thorax (lateral view)

Thorax (dorsal 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.


Reference

  • Cammaerts, R. (1967). Une nouvelle espece d'Odonate du genre Neurogomphus Karsch, 1890. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 76, 70-76. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2021-03-08].