Southern Riverking

Family Libellulidae      (Leach, 1815)

Distribution Worldwide
  • 4 species 
Africa
  • Three species in Africa and one endemic to Madagascar.
General description
  • Large (hindwing 38-45 mm) and robust species with ringed abdomen, thus appearing superficially like Zygonyx torridus, Ringed Cascader.  The Ringed Cascader has dark brown eyes with maturity, while those of Zygonoides are bluish or green .
  • Male of genus is similar to Olpogastra Bottletail.     100 1705 Olpogastra lugubris Bottletail Male Mabusa Nature Reserve MP RSA Dec 2017r 1
Habitat and behaviour
  • Large (hindwing 38-45 mm) and robust species with ringed abdomen, thus appearing superficially like Zygonyx torridus, Ringed Cascader,   100 2710 Zygonyx torridus Ringed Cascader Male Close up Nwanedi LP RSA Dec 2018r 1
  • Similar in behaviour, patrolling aggressively over faster sections of rivers, but perching more frequently and with abdomen raised rather than hanging.
  • Z. fuelleborni also inhabits rocky lakeshores, while Z. occidentis appears to favour huge forest rivers like the Congo and Ubangui.
Synopsis
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