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Common Tigertail, Ictinogomphus ferox

The common tigertail (Ictinogomphus ferox), also known as the common tiger, is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, and Zambia, among other areas. It prefers to reside in tropical habitats with abundant vegetation, near freshwater rivers, streams, and lakes. This species is thought to be common with a stable population, but it is threatened by habitat loss due to water pollution and agricultural practices. Research regarding all aspects of this dragonfly is recommended, but no conservation efforts are needed. The common tigertail appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Male Common Tigertail, Mkhuze Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Credit: Alandmanson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Common Tigertail Ictinogomphus ferox