Monday, May 14, 2018

207. Macrogomphus parallelogramma albardae Selys, 1878

Number: 207
Family: Gomphidae
Genus: Macrogomphus
Species: Macrogomphus parallelogramma albardae
Common name(s): N/A
Synonym(s): N/A 
Habitat: Lowland forested stream (shallow and sandy-bottomed)
Province(s) sighted: Below Hala below-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary (Narathiwat) 
Sightings (by me): 3-4 males
In flight (that I have seen): April    
Species easily confused with: Macrogomphus matsukii

My last 'new species' for my records from Narathiwat is a beauty. At a shallow and sandy-bottomed stream I instantly noticed a fairly large Gomphid. As I closed in, I knew it was a Macrgomphus species but it flew away before I got decent shots of it. I continued wading through the stream and noticed at least 2 other males. Both of these were far easier to approach and I managed to snap away, though one was clinging on to grass which made photography difficult. I also managed to get fairly decent shots of the appendages and, therefore, was able to get a solid ID when I returned back to base. It turns out to be Macrogomphus parallelogramma albardae a species that is known from the south of Thailand. I was really happy to see it and it is the second I have managed to find in the genus. Sadly, the female escaped my lens... until next time!

The male.



The Appendages.
The easiest way to separate most Gomphids! Always get close-ups if you can.