Common Tigertail. Gewone Streepstert
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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:
- 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. Head black and yellow from above with two small yellow horns and central yellow simple eye.
- Eyes bluish grey.
- Neck yellowwith black blotches. Thorax narrow, all dark brown with wide dull yellow to yellowish green stripes.
- Wings clear with crisp black veins, becoming smoky with age. Pterostigmas very long(5.5–6.0 mm) and pitch black.
- Abdomen alternately brownish black and greyish yellow. Segment 8 with large round foliations, black with little basal yellow. Superior appendages long, pointed,yellow with fine black tip. Inferior appendages crooked, yellow with fine black tip.
- Similar to male but with smaller foliations.
- Claspers are small and triangular shaped when view from the side.
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.
- 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