100 552 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Mystic Monkeys LP RSA Jan 2017r 5 100 550 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Female Modjadjie kloof Nov 2016r 6 100 1025 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Modjadjie kloof Nov 2016r 8

Common Tigertail.     Gewone Streepstert

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100 552 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Mystic Monkeys LP RSA Jan 2017r 5 100 1027 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 5
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Short description:

Common Tigertail, Ictinogomphus ferox, Genus Ictinogomphus, Family Gomphidae, is very large size, black with dull yellow tiger-stripes, with a big head and boldly striped thorax. Long thin abdomen with large club.

Key identification features:

Male:

  • Face greenish yellow with small central dark brown spot on labrum, two spots on anteclypeus. Nose with fine brown bar in front joined to a small central line above, sharply angled with fine lip. 100 1031 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 14 Head black and yellow from above with two small yellow horns and central yellow simple eye.100 1030 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 13 
  • Eyes bluish grey.100 1031 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 14  100 1030 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 13
  • Neck yellowwith black blotches. Thorax narrow, all dark brown with wide dull yellow to yellowish green stripes.100 1030 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 13  100 1028 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 7
  • Wings clear with crisp black veins, becoming smoky with age. 100 1929 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 32 Pterostigmas very long(5.5–6.0 mm) and pitch black.100 1931 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 29
  • Abdomen alternately brownish black and greyish yellow. Segment 8 with large round foliations, black with little basal yellow. 100 1033 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 21 100 1921 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 27  Superior appendages long, pointed,yellow with fine black tip. Inferior appendages crooked, yellow with fine black tip100 1202 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 23  100 1379 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 25

Female:

  • Similar to male but with smaller foliations. 100 549 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Female Modjadjie kloof Nov 2016r 5
  • Claspers are small and triangular shaped when view from the side. 100 550 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Female Modjadjie kloof Nov 2016r 6
Compared with other species:
  • Larger than other Gomphids in the region. Abdominal markings are unmistakable.
Distribution and habitat:
  • Common and widespread across the warm eastern and northern side of South Africa.
  • Prefers standing waters, large lakes, rivers, and probably also flowing channels in marshes, in open landscapes. Often with a sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 2000 m above sea level, but mostly below 1500.
Behaviour:
  • Flies swiftly for short duration, often out over the water, before returning to a regular perch, normally close to the water edge. Skittish sometimes difficult to approach
Further reading:
http://vmus.adu.org.za/vm_map_afr.php?&database=odonata&grid=2&outline=1&key=0&map=3&spp=664830 Books
A Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa ...p. 124
Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa ... p.123
The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Eastern Africa ... p. 112
Dragonfly Biotic Index ... p 114
Websites of Interest
Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 664830

The IUCN red List of Threatened Species
Warwick Tarboton
African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online
Other Information:
Size Comparison Diagram: Dragonflies and Damselflies

Morphology of a Dragonfly  and Damselfly
Map of South Africa

  

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