Neodythemis klingi (Karsch, 1890)
Stream Junglewatcher


  • scientific: Allorrhizucha klingi

Type locality: Bismarckburg, British Togo [now Ghana]


Male is similar to other species formerly classified as the genus Allorrhizucha (N. infra, N. preussi and N. katanga) by (a) Fw discoidal field almost parallel-sided, of 1 cell-row at and distal to node, 2-4 cells wide on wing border, rarely 5; (b) Fw discoidal field of 1 (rather than 2) cell-row at base; (c) anal loop of 3-6 (rather than 7-15) cells, rarely up to 8; (d) hamule with anterior cleft. However, differs by (1) labium broadly black in middle, rather than largerly yellow; (2) metastigma enclosed in broad black band; (3) antehumeral stripe absent or reduced to spot near wing base; (4) apex of cerci slender, rather than thickened. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest, but sometimes in clearings. Often with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom and probably coarse detritus. From 0 to 1400 m above sea level, but mostly below 800.


confirmed: Angola; Benin; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Guinee-Bissau; Liberia; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Togo; Zambia

Male © KD Dijkstra

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)


Abdominal segments 8-10 (lateral view)

Abdominal segments 9-10 (ventral view)

Thorax (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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Mt Beeton © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Mt Tokadeh © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale,


  • Karsch, F. (1890). Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Arten und Gattungen der Libellulinen. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift, 33, 347-392.
  • Karsch, F. (1899). Odonaten von Johann-Alrecht-Höhe (Nord- Kamerun), gesammelt von Herrn Leopold Conradt. Entomologische Nachrichten, 25, 161-176. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). Some records of Odonata collected in tropical Africa. Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 25, 20-50. [PDF file]
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [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. [2024-04-13].