Zygonoides fuelleborni (Grünberg, 1902)
Southern Riverking


  • scientific: Olpogastra fuelleborni
  • vernacular: Fuelleborn's Spectacular; Fuelleborn's Bottletail; Robust Riverking

Type locality: Langenburg, Tanzania


Male differs from other Zygonoides by (1) ranging from Kenya to Namibia and South Africa; (2) relatively smaller size, Hw 38-41 mm; (3) eyes bluish rather than green in life; (4) S3 dark with pale spots, with white pruinosity with maturity; (5) Hw base dark brown; (6) pale central band on S7 widest laterally. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also streams and large lakes, in open landscapes or shaded by gallery forest. Especially faster sections (rapids, falls), often with rocks. From 0 to 1500 m above sea level, but mostly below 1100, although possibly up to 2100.


confirmed: Botswana; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Republic of South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Swaziland

Male © KD Dijkstra

Abdomen (lateral view)

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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Grünberg, K. (1902). Sitzungsberichte Gesellschaft naturforschender Freunde Berli, 9, 230-237.
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-04-23].