Phyllomacromia melania (Selys, 1871)
- scientific: P. funicularia (Martin, 1907); P. bredoi (Schouteden, 1934); P. martorelli (Compte Sart, 1964)
- vernacular: Western Unicorn C.
Type locality: Old Calabar, Nigeria
Male is similar to P. gamblesi and P. monoceros by (a) larger size, Hw 34-42 mm; (b) thorax with 2-3 pale stripes on each side; (c) hook of hamule short, may have 2-3 points, although this is often concealed; (d) dorsum of S10 with peak bearing 1 cone, but without tooth at base of peak; (e) cerci and epiproct both dark cerci; (f) cerci long and slender but with blunt tips. However, differs by (1) antehumeral stripe often absent or reduced to ventral half; (2) border of hamule sharply angled before hook, this hook with 2-3 points; (3) black tip of genital lobe often separated from black on dorsum of S2 by yellow band. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]
Streams shaded by forest, but sometimes also in open areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest. Often with coarse detritus and a sandy, soft (like muddy) and/or probably gravelly bottom, and probably submerged roots. From 0 to 1600 m above sea level.
Appendages (dorsal view)
Appendages (lateral view)
Abdominal segment 2 (lateral 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/ [2023-04-01].