Zosteraeschna minuscula (McLachlan, 1895)
Friendly Hawker

Synonyms:

  • scientific: Aeshna minuscula

Type locality: Cape Province, South Africa

Diagnosis

For the identification of this species, please refer to: Tarboton, W. & Tarboton, M. 2015. A guide to the dragonflies (Odonata) of South Africa. Cape Town: Random House Struik.

Habitat description

Standing waters and (headwater) streams in open landscapes, open areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest. Often pools in stream beds with emergent and aquatic vegetation, coarse detritus, and/or probably overhanging branches. From 100 to 2100 m above sea level, but possibly down to sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Botswana; Namibia; Republic of South Africa


Male © Gerhard Diedericks


Female © Jean-Pierre Boudot

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.


Barcode specimen(s):


Adult, male; South Africa, Western Cape, Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, male; South Africa, Western Cape, Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, female; South Africa, Western Cape, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, female; South Africa, Western Cape, Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

References

  • McLachlan, R. (1895). On some Odonata of the subfamily Aeschnina. Annals Magazine Natural History Series 6, 17, 409-425.
  • Barnard, K.H. (1937). Notes on dragon-flies (Odonata) of the S. W. Cape with descriptions of the nymphs and of new species. Annals South African Museum, 32, 169-260. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2017-03-26].