Mastigogomphus chapini (Klots, 1944)
Western Snorkeltail


  • scientific: Neurogomphus chapini; Microgomphus bivittatus Pinhey, 1961

Type locality: Equateur, Tshuapa, Lukolela, DRC


Differs from other Mastigogomphus species by (1) ranging from C DRC to W Africa; (2) posterior hamule stout with square apex, rather than slender with round apex; (3) S10 and appendages usually pale or brownish rather than black or dark brown, but sometimes S10 black dorsally. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known well, but probably rivers or streams shaded by forest. Probably often with a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 300 to 500 m above sea level, but possibly down to sea level.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

Head (front)

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.


  • Klots, E.B. (1944). Notes on the Gomphinae (Odonata) with descriptions of new species. American Museum Novitates, 1259, 1-11.
  • Cammaerts, R. (2004). Taxonomic studies on African Gomphidae (Odonata, anisoptera). Arevision of the genus Neurogomphus Karsch, with the description of some larvae. Belgian Journal Entomology, 6, 91-239. [PDF file]
  • Cammaerts, R. (1968). Une espece nouvelle de Neurogomphus Karsch en Afrique orieBulletin Annales Societe royale Entomologie Belgique, 104, 100-108. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). The genus Neurogomphus Karsch (Odonata: Gomphidae). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 29, 64-73. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-04-13].