Microgomphus schoutedeni Fraser, 1949
Congo Scissortail


  • scientific: M. corbeti Pinhey, 1961

Type locality: Kapanga, DRC



Has been recorded from western Kenya to DR Congo but may be synonymous with M. nyassicus: the inner branch of the cerci is supposedly thinner than the outer branch in dorsal view, extending just beyond it in lateral view, while the cleft of the epiproct is rather narrow in ventral view. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams, but possibly also rivers, shaded by forest. Probably often with coarse detritus. Inferred to occur from 500 to 1100 m above sea level.

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Appendages (ventral view)

Map citation: Clausnitzer, V., K.-D.B. Dijkstra, R. Koch, J.-P. Boudot, W.R.T. Darwall, J. Kipping, B. Samraoui, M.J. Samways, J.P. Simaika & F. Suhling, 2012. Focus on African Freshwaters: hotspots of dragonfly diversity and conservation concern. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 129-134.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1949). Gomphidae from the Belgian Congo (order Odonata). Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 42, 101-138. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1966). Notes on African Odonata, particularly type material. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 73, 283-308. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-07-21].