Common Tigertail   Ictinogomphus ferox   Gewone Streepstert 

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100 1025  Male Modjadjie kloof Nov 2016r 8
Short description:

Common Tigertail, Ictinogomphus ferox very large size, black with dull yellow tiger-stripes, with a big head and boldly striped thorax. Long thin abdomen with large club.

Family Gomphidae     (Rambur, 1842)

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Key identification features:

Male:

  • Face greenish yellow with small central dark brown spot on labrum, two spots on anteclypeus. Nose with fine brown bar in front joined to a small central line above, sharply angled with fine lip. 100 1031 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 14 Head black and yellow from above with two small yellow horns and central yellow simple eye.100 1030 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 13 
  • Eyes bluish grey.100 1031 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 14  100 1030 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 13
  • Neck yellow with black blotches. Thorax narrow, all dark brown with wide dull yellow to yellowish green stripes.100 1030 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 13  100 1028 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 7
  • Wings clear with crisp black veins, becoming smoky with age. 100 1929 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 32 Pterostigmas very long(5.5–6.0 mm) and pitch black.100 1931 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 29
  • Abdomen alternately brownish black and greyish yellow. Segment 8 with large round foliations, black with little basal yellow. 100 1033 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 21 100 1921 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 27  Superior appendages long, pointed,yellow with fine black tip. The length of the appendages is 1½ times the length is s 10 but the female appendages is equal to s 10 in length  Inferior appendages crooked, yellow with fine black tip100 1202 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 23  100 1379 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 25

Female:

  • Similar to male but with smaller foliations. 100 549 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Female Modjadjie kloof Nov 2016r 5
  • Claspers are small and triangular shaped when view from the side. 100 550 Ictinogomphus ferox Common Tigertail Female Modjadjie kloof Nov 2016r 6
  • Compared to the male clasper length of the female is equal to the length of S10
  • S 10 has a yellow ring on s 10
Habitat:
  • 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.
Behaviour:
  • Flies swiftly for short duration, often out over the water, before returning to a regular perch, normally close to the water edge. Skittish sometimes difficult to approach
Compared with other species:
  • Larger than other Gomphids in the region. Abdominal markings are unmistakable.
Distribution

Distribution Map May 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa:

  • Common and widespread across the warm eastern and northern side of South Africa.

Africa:

  • Angola; Benin; Botswana; Central African Republic; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Republic of South Africa; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Sudan; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Cameroon; Republic of Guinea
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