- Endemic to tropical Africa
- Five species with three pale stripes on each side of the thorax occur from eastern Africa to Cameroon
- However, the species occurring further west, all with five stripes on each side, are taxonomically unresolved. Several species have rarely been recorded since their description, and some not at all
- One species are confined to difficult to reach habitat making it difficult to record
- One species visible in South Africa namely Bold Leaftail (P selysi)
- Males are large (hindwing 35-47 mm)
- Robust and perch conspicuously with abdomen raised, showing the large foliations on abdominal segment 8, thus recalling Ictinogomphus.
- Abdomen tip is distinctly rufous or yellow
- Abdominal segment 10 is enlarged and bent down
- In Ictinogomphus (Tigertails) (Tigertails) all segments are aligned and similarly black-and-yellow.
Habitat and behaviour
- Rivers and large streams in forest are the main habitat, at least P. selysi (Bold Leaftail) (Bold Leaftail) also occurs in drier landscapes and at large lakes.
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