Clubbed Talontail. Knoppiekloustert.
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Male. Male Claspers
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Key identification features:
- Frons has a distinct black stripe. Labrum and clypeus is divided by a black line with a downwards curve in the center.
- Appendages are large, light brown and curve downwards. S 8-10 swollen and with small yellow and black edged foliations, This give this species a large clubbed abdomen with talon-like powerful appendages. Tips of appendages are black.
- Long black pterostigmas.
- Simmilar to male but with a thicker and more yellow abdomen and club
Wing costal vein bright yellow
Compared with other species:
- Looks similar to the Horned Talontail, C. cornutus, but C. hartmanni has lighter abdomen and much larger foliations and club.
- May be misidentified when using thorax pattern and abdomen markings with Ceratogomphus pictus (Common Thorntail) and Onychogomphus supinus (Lined Claspertail)
Distribution and habitat:
- Common and widespread across the warm eastern and northern side of South Africa.
- This species is found around lakes, pools, swift open savanna streams and rivers, with tall grass and thorn bush nearby. It is easy to find but very seasonal.
- Hunts from rock in or near rivers. Also perches conspicuously on tops of tall grass and small bushes. Sometimes found away from the water.