100 1082 Paragomphus elipidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Ndumu Mch 2017r 1 100 1076 Corckscrew Hooktail Male Ndumu Mch 2017r 7 100 1089 Paragomphus elipidius Corckscrew Hooktail Fermale Ndumu Mch 2017r 5

Corckscrew Hooktail.     Slingerhakiestert

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Short description:

Corkscrew Hooktail, Paragomphus elpidius, Genus Paragomphus, Family Gomphidae, is medium sized, greenish, yellowish and brown, with a reddish brown to dark brown club.

Key identification features:


  • Eyes are pale greyish blue. Labrum is pale yellow, at most vaguely darkened at base with indistinct brownish basal band.
  • Thorax is yellow to green with more prominent brown to black markings that on the metastigma ends just dorsal of it,
  • Pterostigmas are brown, not contrasting with black veins
  • Abdomen is black with yellow partial rings. S8-9 has broad foliations. Cerci slender, apex is blunt, without or with one tooth; Cerci without distinct ventral ridge; epiproct about 1/3 as long as cerci


  • Female similar, slightly smoky wings, thicker abdomen, very narrow foliations, markings are less distinctive.
  • S2 has a "sickle" shaped marking pointing towards the thorax. Diagnostic
Compared with other species:
Distribution and habitaT:
  • Found in KZN, MP, LP and GP (Recorded in the WCP
  • Found mostly at rivers, but also streams, shaded by gallery forest, but sometimes in open landscapes. Often with rocks and streams with a sandy gravel open areas, near faster sections. From 0 to 1400 m above sea level, but mostly between 200 and 1100.
  • Alert as it perches conspicuously on a stick on reed at a pool or river margin, often darting out to defend its territory.
  • Frequently seen on hot days with its abdomen in the upright obelisk position and its wings forward
Further reading:
http://vmus.adu.org.za/vm_map_afr.php?&database=odonata&grid=2&outline=1&key=0&map=4&spp=665780 Books:
A guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa    p. 136  

Dragonfly Biotic Index    p. 126  
Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa   p. 134  
Websites of interest
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Least Concern)*

Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 665780
Warwick Tarboton
Encyclopaedia of Life
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
Other Information::
Size Comparison Diagram: Dragonflies and Damselflies
Identification and morphology of Dragonflies and Damselflies
Map of South Africa

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