Chlorocypha selysi (Karsch, 1899)
Blue-faced Jewel

Type locality: Cameroon, no locality data available.

Diagnosis

Males of C. frigida and C. selysi differ from other species by combination of (a) anteclypeus and labrum uniformly blue contrasting with largely black frons and postclypeus; (b) tibiae all black, although sometimes with whitish pruinosity; (c) Abd all red. Differs from C. frigida by (1) occurring west of the Congo Basin; (2) being darker overall.

Habitat description

Mostly headwaters, but also larger streams, shaded by forest. Often with dead trunks or branches and probably submerged roots, coarse detritus and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. From 0 to 1300 m above sea level, but mostly below 700, although possibly up to 2600.

Distribution

confirmed: Benin; Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea; Ghana; Liberia; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Togo; NOT confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Guinee-Bissau


© KD Dijkstra


Abdomen (dorsal view)

Head (front)

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.


References

  • Karsch, F. (1899). Odonaten von Johann-Alrecht-Höhe (Nord- Kamerun), gesammelt von Herrn Leopold Conradt. Entomologische Nachrichten, 25, 161-176. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). African Chlorocyphidae (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 29, 161-197. [PDF file]
  • D' Andrea, M., and Carfi, S. (1997). Nuove raccolte di odonati del Camerun con note su Agriocnemis maclachlani Selys, 1877 edescrizione di Agriocnemis dissimilis sp. nov. e Trithemis osvaldae sp. nov. Atti Societa italiana Scienze naturali, 136, 157-190. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2017-09-23].