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Organisms Diversity & Evolution

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 301–306 | Cite as

Africa’s smallest damselfly—a new Agriocnemis from Namibia (Odonata: Coenagrionidae)

  • Jens KippingEmail author
  • Andreas Martens
  • Frank Suhling
Original Article

Abstract

Agriocnemis bumhilli sp. n., a new damselfly from the Kwando River in northeastern Namibia is described. The new species is similar to Agriocnemis angolensis but characterized by unique male appendages, swollen abdominal segments 9 and 10, the complete absence of antehumeral stripes, and smaller size. The species is illustrated and a photograph is provided. For comparison, an illustrated key to the other members of Agriocnemis within south-central Africa is provided.

Keywords

Damselfly Agriocnemis taxonomy Body size Africa Kwando River 

Abbreviations

Measurements and morphology

Fw

Forewing(s)

Hw

Hindwing(s)

Pt

Pterostigma

Ax

Antenodal cross-vein(s)

Px

Postnodal cross-vein(s)

S1–10

First–tenth abdominal segment

Natural History Museums

NMNW

National Museum of Namibia Windhoek

RMNH

Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis Leiden

The term cerci is used for male superior anal appendages the term paraproct for the male inferior anal appendages. The gender symbols (♂ for male, ♀ for female) are used when appropriate.

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are very grateful to Ole Müller and K.-D.B. Dijkstra for producing the drawings. H. Fliedner gave some advice on latin grammar for scientific names.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Naturkundemuseum Mauritianum AltenburgAltenburgGermany
  2. 2.Pädagogische Hochschule KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Institut für GeoökologieTechnische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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