Comparison Chart

Hooktails

There are 5 species in the genus Paragomphus in southern Africa

Differences

The 5 Hooktails (Paragomphis) are very similar yet have distinct differences Annotated sketches indicate the more important differences

  • Common Hooktail, Paragomphus genei
 Synopsis
  • Only males are shown
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 Species

Comparison of the 5 species of Hooktails (Paragomphus) visible in Southern Africa

Left column indicates areas that differs between the species

Annotated sketch indicating important face markingsFace Front Hooktal

100 2493 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 16

100 3671 Paragomphus elpidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Close up 2 Verena MP RSA Jan 2023r 28

100 1912 Paragomphus sabicus Flapper Hooktail Male Close up Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2018r 19

107 520 Great Hooktail 1 3

100 3558 Paragomphus cognatus Rock Hooktail Male Magoebaskloof LP RSA Jan 2020r 21

Thorax Markings

100 2492 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 14

100 3666 Paragomphus elpidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Close up 2 Verena MP RSA Jan 2023r 5

100 1909 Paragomphus sabicus Flapper Hooktail Male Close up Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2018r 5

100 1804 Paragomphus magnus Great Hooktail Male Ndumu Mch 2017r 1

100 3553 Paragomphus cognatus Rock Hooktail Male Magoebaskloof LP RSA Jan 2020r 3

Gomphid Dorsal Markings

100 2492 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 14

100 3668 Paragomphus elpidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Close up 2 Verena MP RSA Jan 2023r 17

100 1911 Paragomphus sabicus Flapper Hooktail Male Close up Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2018r 13

Silhouette 1 2

100 3555 Paragomphus cognatus Rock Hooktail Male Magoebaskloof LP RSA Jan 2020r 11

Hooktail Appendages

100 2494 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 17

100 3673 Paragomphus elpidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Close up 2 Verena MP RSA Jan 2023r 34

100 1914 Paragomphus sabicus Flapper Hooktail Male Close up Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2018r 22

100 1805 Paragomphus magnus Great Hooktail Male Ndumu Mch 2017r 2

100 3559 Paragomphus cognatus Rock Hooktail Male Magoebaskloof LP RSA Jan 2020r 24

Hooktail Appendages

100 2495 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 18

100 3674 Paragomphus elpidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Close up 2 Verena MP RSA Jan 2023r 37

100 1915 Paragomphus sabicus Flapper Hooktail Male Close up Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2018r 23

Silhouette 1 2

100 3560 Paragomphus cognatus Rock Hooktail Male Magoebaskloof LP RSA Jan 2020r 25

Anotated Dorsal View

100 2496 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 19

100 3675 Paragomphus elpidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Close up 2 Verena MP RSA Jan 2023r 44

100 1918 Paragomphus sabicus Flapper Hooktail Male Close up Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2018r 32

Silhouette 1 2

100 3561 Paragomphus cognatus Rock Hooktail Male Magoebaskloof LP RSA Jan 2020r 36

 Abdomen Dorsal View

100 2497 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 23

100 3675 Paragomphus elpidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Close up 2 Verena MP RSA Jan 2023r 44

100 1919 Paragomphus sabicus Flapper Hooktail Male Close up Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2018r 36

Silhouette 1 2

100 3562 Paragomphus cognatus Rock Hooktail Male Magoebaskloof LP RSA Jan 2020r 37

Hooktail wings Venation Small

100 2498 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 29

100 3677 Paragomphus elpidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Close up 2 Verena MP RSA Jan 2023r 51

Silhouette 1 2

Silhouette 1 2

100 3564 Paragomphus cognatus Rock Hooktail Male Magoebaskloof LP RSA Jan 2020r 45

100 2499 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 32

100 2499 Paragomphus genei Common Hooktail Male Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2019r 32

100 3664 Paragomphus elpidius Corckscrew Hooktail Male Close up Verena MP RSA Jan 2023r 39

100 1920 Paragomphus sabicus Flapper Hooktail Male Close up Ndumo KZN RSA Mch 2018r 41

Silhouette 1 2

100 3565 Paragomphus cognatus Rock Hooktail Male Magoebaskloof LP RSA Jan 2020r 48

 

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