Friday, March 4, 2011

86. Tetracanthagyna waterhousei (McLachlan, 1898)

Number: 86
Family: Aeschnidae
Genus: Tetracanthagyna
Species: Tetracanthagyna waterhousei
Common name(s): Giant River Hawker
Thai name(s): แมลงปอยักษ์สี่หน้าเหลือง
Habitat: Uplands streams
Province(s) sighted: Ob Khan National Park (Chiang Mai); Tiny stream, Nam Nao environs (Petchabun)
Sightings (by me): Very rare
In flight (that I have seen): April-August

An uncommon species that I saw very briefly, was when I visited Ob Khan National Park, just outside Chiang Mai, back in April 2010. I saw a large dragonfly resting underneath a gorge cut out by the river. It was high up and in a dark area. I took one photo (the one below) and the flash was enough for it to vanish quickly. I have never seen another one since. I sent the photo to Noppadon Makbun who identified it as a female Tetracanthagyna waterhousei


More recently, I saw another female at Nam Nao environs, caught in a spider's web under a small man-made tunnel with a tiny stream/seepage running through it. I pulled the dragonfly out and carefully tried to put it back together but it was extremely fragile.
This specimen has been confirmed by Noppadon Makbun and Mapor. Thanks for the information.