Fiery Darter, Trithetrum navasi

107 616 Trithetrum navasi 6259 2121Male © Jens Kipping

107 618 Trithetrum navasi Fiery Darter1 K D1|© KD Dijkstra  Male

107 617 Trithetrum navasi 62611 22Male © Martin Cerný

Short Description:

Fiery Darter, Trithetrum navasi, Males are medium-sized (hindwing 23-29 mm) and diagnostically uniform and unmarked

Family Libellulidae. Leach, 1815

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Key identification features:


  • Face reddish brown, Frons without band
  • Eyes brown at the top light blue below
  • Thorax uniformly brown unmarked. Mid and hind femur all black
  • Wings venation blackish. Forward discoidal field 5-8 cells wide on wing border. Pterostigmas red.
  • Abdomen red
  • Secondary genitalia. Lobe of hamule triangular, somewhat angled on anterior side, its tip not extending beyond genital lobe


  • currently no information
  • Mostly rivers, but also streams, standing waters and possibly large lakes and flowing channels in marshes, mostly in open landscapes, but also open areas in forest. Usually with emergent vegetation.
  • From 0 to 1500 m above sea level.
Compared to other species:
  •  Body parts uniform: thorax unmarked; frons without band
  • May be mistaken for Trithemis, Dropwings
  • Similar to Rock Scarlet Crocothemis divisa, 100 3242 Crocothemis divisa Rock Scarlet Male Vaalwater LP RSA Mch 2021r 5 Granite Scarlet Crocothemis saxicolor
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  • Benin; Botswana; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Namibia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe;
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[Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]