Spined Fairytail, Lestinogomphus angustus, Towerfee

100 2663  Nature Reserve MP RSA Febr 2019r 2

100 2666  Songimvelo Nature Reserve MP RSA Febr 2019r 2

100 2664 Male Melkrivier LP RSA JDec 2017r 2

Short description:

Spined Fairytail, Lestinogomphus angustus, Towerfee medium sized, with a very slender yellowish green to green, and blackish ringed abdomen, bulging at the end and without foliations. The wings are narrow, almost damselfly-like. The thorax is light green and with blackish stripes

Note: The scientific name is derived from the Damselfly, (Zygoptera) family, Lestidae due to the shape of the wings recalling that of a damselfly.

Family Gomphidae Rambur, 1842

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100 2668 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 1Male 

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Key identification features:

Male:

  • Face is light green with transverse brown line. 100 2672 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 10
  • Eyes are light turquoise green above with light green below. 100 2672 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 10  100 2669 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 2
  • Thorax is light green and spotted with fine, blackish stripes. 100 2669 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 2 100 2670 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 4 100 2671 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 8
  • Wings are narrow, almost damselfly-like, with dark brown pterostigmas. 100 2675 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 24  100 2676 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 28
  • Abdomen is long and narrow with yellowish green to green and black rings.  Insignificant club with slightly enlarged S 7-10 and
    no foliations S 10 is as long as S 8-9 together. S 9-10 is reddish brown to black. Appendages very short and complex 100 2673 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 12 with a
    short dorsal spine100 2673 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 12 midway on the inferior appendages 100 2675 Lestinogomphus angustus Spined Fairytail Male Close up Songimvelo MPRSAFebr 2019r 24

Female:

  • Similar to male
  • Markings on thorax less intense, also with long segment 10.
Habitat:
  • Prefers dense bush or forest adjacent to rivers in warm coastal KZNP, LP savanna, and MP and LP lowveld.
Behaviour:
  • Mostly perches under bushes or trees, resting horizontally along grass or stems. Sometimes uses S10 as a monopod to rest the long abdomen on.
Compared with other species:
  • This small Gomphid is unmistakable in SA. Besides its slender build, narrow wings, general greenish appearance, it has an unmistakable long abdominal S10 with yet very short appendage.
  • The vernacular name describes the inferior appendages which have a dorsal spine midway.
Distribution:

Distribution Map July 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa:

  • Uncommon in the northeast and eastern lowveld areas of South Africa but more records are becoming available. Some records from the northern areas that may be seen as a range extension or as insufficient records to form a clear idea if the actual range in South Africa.

Africa:

  •  Botswana; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Republic of South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Angola; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Mali; Somalia; Swaziland
Further reading:

Websites
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
African Dragonflies & Damselflies Online
Odonata Atlas of Africa Number 664880
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species    Least Concern

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