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Common Tigertail.     Gewone Streepstert

(Rambur. 1842)

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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:

Abdomen markings alternate between brownish-black and yellowish bands with large foliation on S8. Blue eyes. Pterostigmas are long and dark black.
Females are similar to male but with smaller foliations. The claspers are small and triangular shaper 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.

Further reading:
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 Intewrest
Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 664830

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Least Concern)
Warwick Tarboton
African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online
Other Information:
Size Comparison Diagram: Dragonflies and Damselflies

Morphology of a Dragonfly Sketch 1 and Sketch 2 and Damselfly
Map of South Africa



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