Anax speratus Hagen, 1867
(Eastern) Orange Emperor
Type locality: Cape Province, South Africa
Male belongs to the speratus-group on account of (a) the unmarked frons; (b) the reddish femora contrasting with the black tibiae; (c) the presence of an accessory lamina on S10, a small process visible between the cerci in dorsal view; (d) the cerci with broadened and rounded apices; and (e) the epiproct that is at least half as long as the cerci. However, male differs from western counterpart A. rutherfordi and locally co-occurring A. gladiator (see both for further differences) by (1) larger size on average, Hw 52-57 mm rather than 49-54 mm; (2) the apical borders of S2-6 with small black lateral dots, rather than without; (3) the dorsal ridge on S10 is low in its basal half and slopes down to the segment’s apex, rather than being raised; and (4) the epiproct is about half as long as the cerci, rather than well over half. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]
Mostly streams, but sometimes rivers or headwaters, in open landscapes, open areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest. Often with emergent and aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 2400 m above sea level, but mostly between 500 and 1900.
Appendages (dorsal view)
Frons (dorsal 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/ [2023-06-08].