Pseudagrion (A) kibalense Longfield, 1959
Forest Sprite

Type locality: Kibale Forest, Toro District, Uganda

Diagnosis

Male is similar to P. aguessei by (a) face greenish to blue-violet, turning dark with age or preservation; (b) postocular spots bluish, occiput black; (c) postclypeus all black; (d) thorax sides bluish, almost lacking interpleural stripe, or pruinose with maturity; (e) entire dorsum of S7 black, rarely with small apical marking (in which case antehumeral stripe often half as wide as mesepisternum); (f) cerci with lower branch not bent inwards but in line with upper branch lower branch bearing flange that ends with 1-2 teeth near base; (g) cerci with single tooth at basal end of flange. However, differs by (1) favouring forest streams from N Zambia and W Kenya to Cameroon; (2) antehumeral stripe about half as wide as mesepisternum; (3) interpleural stripe scarcely developed, metapleural long and thick; thorax never pruinose; (4) flange of cerci with acute tooth at basal end (dorsal view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Mostly headwater streams, but also standing waters and possibly larger streams, shaded by (possibly gallery) forest. Often with emergent vegetation and coarse detritus, and probably especially calmer sections (like pools) with also submerged roots and a gravelly, sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 1800 m above sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Angola; Cameroon; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Kenya; Uganda; Zambia


© Jens Kipping


Male&female © Nicolas Meziere


Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

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):


Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © 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.

References

  • Longfield, C. (1959). The Odonata of N. Angola. Part II. Publicacoes culturais Companhia Diamantes Angola, 45, 13-42. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1973). Notes on some African representatives of the genus Pseudagrion Selys, 1876, with descriptions of two new species (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 2, 317-327. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E. C. G. (1962) New or little-known dragonflies (Odonata) of Central and Southern Africa. Occasional Papers National Museum Southern Rhodesi 26B: 892-911 [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E. C. G. (1967) Odonata Zygoptera. Exploration Hydrobiologique Bassin Lac Bangweolo Luapula [also reported as Hydrobiological survey of the Lake Bangeweulu, Luapula River basin, Scientific results edited by Jean-Jacques Symoens.] 14 (3): 1-43 [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2017-12-12].