Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Chlorogomphus auratus on Mau Son mountain

On June 7, when climbing the road to Mau Son mountain, at a small stream in a pine forest plantation, we encountered several Chlorogomphids that upon capture turned out to be Chlorogomphus auratus. This species is known from only a handful sites in Laos, Northern Vietnam and Southern China. It has been recorded before from Mau Son, but given the paucity of records, it is encouraging that it occurred in degraded and replanted forest.

Chlorogomphus auratus, male

Dorsal view of male Chlorogomphus auratus

A cute face goes a long way

The highly distinctive appendages

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