Platycypha angolensis Longfield, 1959
Angola Jewel

Synonyms:

  • scientific: P. caligata (Selys, 1853) ssp. angolensis

Type locality: Ongueria, Angola

Diagnosis

No full diagnosis of this species that replaces P. caligata (of which it was regarded a subspecies) in Angola is presently available, but males appear to differ by (1) the thorax sides being greenish with hardly a red tinge at maturity; (2) the fore tibiae more abruptly widened at the base; (3) the (especially hind) femora apically reddish, not contrasting with the tibiae; (4) black apical bars present up to S6 rather than S4 or S5.

Habitat description

Streams in open areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest. Probably often with submerged roots, dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. From 200 to 1700 m above sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Angola


Male © KD Dijkstra

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.


Barcode specimen(s):


Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

References

  • Longfield, C. (1955). The Odonata of N. Angola. Part I. Publicacoes culturais Companhia Diamantes Angola, 27, 11-63. [PDF file]
  • Barnard, K.H. (1937). Notes on dragon-flies (Odonata) of the S. W. Cape with descriptions of the nymphs and of new species. Annals South African Museum, 32, 169-260. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2017-11-20].