Warwick Tarboton (Foto) & Clemens M. Brandstetter (Text)

     (from Boudot & al. 2009:222): Zygonyx torridus is widespread in tropical Africa, Arabia and reaches India. In the Mediterranean it has a very patchy distribution. It has colonised the Canary Islands, where it is present in La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Perennial populations are present in Marocco, Spain and the Levant. Only single records are known from Tunisia, Sicily, southern Portugal and Turkey. Given its strong mobility, the paleomatic significance of the Mediterranean range of Z. torridus is not as evident as it is in sedentary species like North African Pseudagrion. Although the 'erarly Holocene relict interpretation' may still apply to this species, regular replenishment of the Mediterranean population by the tropical immigrants cannot be ruled out. 

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Der Sturzflieger, Zygonyx torridus (Kirby 1889), kommt von den Kanaren über Marokko bis in die Levante, die Emirate und auf der Insel Sokotra vor. Ein weiteres Vorkommen ist jenes im tropischen Afrika, Madagaskar bis Indien. Die Art lebt an schnell fliessenden Gewässern und Wasserfällen.      

Männchen vom Nwanedi River, Tshipise, South Africa.



Boudot J.-P., V. J. Kalkman, M. Amor&´n, T. Bogdanović, A. Rivera,G. Degabriele, J.L. Dommanget, S. Ferreira, B. Garrigós, M. Jović, M. Kotarac, W. Lopau, M. Marinov, N. Mihoković, E. Riservato, B. Samraoui & W. Schneider 2009: Atlas of the Odonata of the Mediterranean and North Africa. – Libellula Supplement  9:1-256.

De Knijf G. & H. Demolder 2010: Odonata records from Alentejo and Algarve, southern Portugal. – Libellula 29: 61-90.

Feulner G.R., Reimer R.W. & Hornby R.J. 2007: An Updated illustrated Checklist of the Damselflies & Dragonflies of the UAE. – Tribulus, Volume 17: 37 – 62.  

Kirby W. F. 1889: A revision of the subfamily Libellulinae, with descriptions of new genera and species. – Trans. Zool. Soc. London 12: 249-348, pl. 51-57.

Kunz B. & Ober S. V. & R. Jödicke 2006: The distribution of Zygonyx torridus in the Palaearctic (Odonata: Libellulidae). – Libellula 25: 89-108. 


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