Trithemis pluvialis Förster, 1906
Type locality: Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
Male is similar to T. annulata by (a) labrum at least partly pale; (b) at least some basal veins yellow to red; Pt yellow to dark reddish brown; (c) hamule with short, strongly curved hook; (d) Abd broad, S4 under 3x as long as wide (best seen in ventral view); (e) S8-9 largely pale with thick black line over dorsal carina and at most black line along lateral carinae; (f) lateral carinae of S5-7 usually unmarked. However, differs by (1) ranging from S Kenya to South Africa; (2) vertex and dorsum of frons yellow-brown to orange, frons with black basal band; (3) black markings of thorax clean, restricted to sharp markings in fossae of sutures and streak below metastigma; (4) anterior lamina with long hairs concentrated in tuft near apex; (5) genital lobe slender, narrower than hamule; (6) Abd never pruinose, red. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]
Mostly streams, but also rivers, in open landscapes and open areas in forest. Usually with emergent vegetation. From 0 to 2600 m above sea level, but mostly between 700 and 1700.
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/ [2023-12-04].