Dragonflies and damselflies of the Philippines
- An odonata species guide by Stijn De Win -

Sangabasis feliculoi

Sangabasis is a genus of damselflies endemic to the Philippine islands. So far 12 species are known, eight of which including S.feliculoi, were only described as recent as 2014. Sangabasis feliculoi is the only member of the genus found on Samar where it was first collected only as recent as 1992. It is endemic to the island. Showing on this page are images of 3 different males, the first known photos of living individuals.

Sangabasis feliculoi
Sangabasis feliculoi, male, Samar, Philippines, March 2022

-Identification;
The long forward directed tubercle on the dorsal carina of the synthorax makes this species unmistakable on Samar. Shape of male cercus (anal appendages) provide further proof. Females similar to males.
Sangabasis only have a rudimentary lower branch which further set it apart from the other Teinobasini (Pericnemis-Pandanobasis-Luzonobasis-Teinobasis)

-Habitat;
Alongside streams in (limestone) lowland forest.

-Habits;
Perching at the tip of leaves or twigs at about 0,5 meter off the ground. Difficult to follow in flight. Encountered singly on all my 4 occasions.

-Distribution;
Philippines endemic; Samar (eastern Visayas), most records from the central part of the island.

-IUCN Red list status; Vulnerable

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Note synthorax with long process directed upward and slightly forward.
  Samar island, Philippines, March 2022
Sangabasis feliculoi, male oblique view
Samar island, Philippines, March 2022


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Sangabasis feliculoi, male cerci lateral view
  Samar island, Philippines, March 2022
Sangabasis feliculoi, male cerci dorsal view.
Samar island, Philippines, March 2022


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Sangabasis feliculoi, male, detail of head
  Samar island, Philippines, March 2022
Sangabasis feliculoi, male dorsal view.
Samar island, Philippines, March 2022





All photos copyright Stijn De Win. Note my Dragonfly and Damselfly observations are also posted on iNaturalist.
Hope this page may help with the identification, education, appreciation, conservation and research efforts of the Philippine Odonata.

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