Sapho bicolor Selys, 1853
Spring Bluewing

Type locality: Guinea, no locality data available.

Diagnosis

No full diagnosis of this species is presently available, although the mature male is the only calopterygid in Africa with broad wings with sharply-demarcated dark tips.

Habitat description

Headwater streams shaded by forest. Usually with coarse detritus, often a gravelly, sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom, and probably submerged roots. From 0 to 800 m above sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Liberia; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Togo; NOT confirmed: Benin; Nigeria


Male © Andr?® G??nther


Male © Nicolas Meziere

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; Gabon, Haut-Ogooué, Bakoumba-Parc de la Lékédi © Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Nicolas Mézière & Cédric Vanappelghem


Female; Liberia, Nimba County, Mt Tokadeh © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Mt Tokadeh © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Liberia, Nimba County, West Nimba Proposed Forest Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay


Male; Gabon, Ogoué-Lolo, route Koulamoutou-Pana © Mézière, Nicolas

References

  • de Sélys-Longchamps, E. (1853). Synopsis des Caloptérygines. Bruxelles. Bulletins de l'Academie Royale des Sciences Belgique, 20, 1-73.
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). Some records of Odonata collected in tropical Africa. Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 25, 20-50. [PDF file]
  • Martin, R. (1907). Odonates de la Guinée espagnole. Memorias Sociedad espanola Historia natural, 1, 421-432. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1971). Odonata collected in Republique Centre-Africaine by R. Pujol. Arnoldia, 5, 1-16. [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/ [2017-05-24].