Eleuthemis buettikoferi Ris, 1910
Type locality: Liberia, no locality data available.
As this genus was long considered monotypic, most Eleuthemis records have long been assigned to this species. True E. buettikoferi occurs from Sierra Leone east at least to Ghana and the male has (1) a thick black border to the labrum; (2) Fw with darkened tip that just touches the distal end of Pt; (3) the vertex and occipital triangle blackened at least basally; (4) Fw discoidal field entirely of two or more rows of cells; (5) the abdomen dorsum entirely whitish pruinose with maturity; (6) the abdomen underside largely orange, at least S6-9 without black on the ventral carinae; (7) largely blackish secondary genitalia; and (8) an acute tip to the hook of the hamule. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]
Mostly rivers, but also streams, in open areas in forest. Often faster sections, usually with overhanging branches, submerged roots and probably dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. From 0 to 600 m above sea level, but mostly below 500.
Abdominal segment 2 (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.
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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2021-01-16].