Trithemis dorsalis (Rambur, 1842)
Type locality: Cape Province, South Africa
Male is similar to T. ellenbeckii by (a) dorsum of frons metallic purple; (b) pruinosity of thorax and Abd in life dark blue; (c) 10-12½ Ax in Fw [8½-14½]; (d) Hw base with distinct amber patch, which extends onto anal field and/or at least halfway to Cux; (e) apex of anterior lamina with group of long, often coagulated, hairs; hook of hamule with rather thick tip; (f) genital lobe slender, narrower than hamule; (g) Abd broad, S4 always under 3x as long as wide (best seen in ventral view). However, differs by (1) ranging from Kenya to South Africa; (2) distal Ax in Fw usually complete; (3) amber patch in Hw round, concentrated in cubital space, seldom extends to Cux; (4) fore femur with pale streak; (5) if not covered by pruinosity: S4-6 broadly black along dorsal carina. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]
Standing waters, rivers and streams in open landscapes. Often with emergent vegetation and a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 2400 m above sea level, but mostly between 1000 and 2100.
Abdominal segment 2 (lateral 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.
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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2023-03-28].