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Heliogomphus kelantanensis, Laidlaw 1902, Male

Family: Gomphidae
Scientific Name: Heliogomphus kelantanensis
Common Name: Malayan Grappletail

According to the book “Dragonfly of Singapore””, H. kelantanensis has been recorded only four times in Singapore. In year 2011, I was extremely lucky to found one male species in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. This is a very rare gomphid which inhibit clear forest streams in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, and is endemic to P. Malaysia and Singapore.

This species has bluish-green eyes. The thorax is uniform olive green with some green markings on the dorsum.  The male abdomen is black and the anal appendages is dark and short.

Male Malayan Grappletail perched patiently on twig above forest stream in the Nature Reserve
Dorsal view of the male.
Dorsal view of the male.
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