Chlorocypha curta (Hagen in Selys, 1853)
Blue-tipped Jewel

Type locality: Guinea, no locality data available.

Diagnosis

Male is similar to C. cancellata and C. helenae by the blue terminal Abd segments, in sharp contrast with the basal segments. However, differs by (1) antehumeral stripe dorsally invaded by black peninsula, often splicing stripe into 2 branches; (2) tibiae white anteriorly, rather than all black; (3) basal segments bright red with only small (sub)apical black markings. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also streams, in open landscapes, but sometimes in open areas in forest or possibly shaded by gallery forest. Probably often with submerged roots, dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. From 0 to 1600 m above sea level, but mostly below 800.

Distribution

confirmed: Angola; Benin; Burkina Faso; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Sudan; Togo; Uganda


Male (cold) © Andr?® G??nther


Male © Andr?® G??nther


Appendages (dorsal view)

Thorax (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):


Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © 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 © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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


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


Male; Cameroon, Northwest Province, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B., & K. Schuette


Male; Cameroon, Northwest Province, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B., & K. Schuette

References

  • de Sélys-Longchamps, E. (1853). Synopsis des Caloptérygines. Bruxelles. Bulletin Academie royale Belgique Serie, 20, 1-73.
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). African Chlorocyphidae (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 29, 161-197. [PDF file]
  • Longfield, C. (1936). Studies on African Odonata, with synonymy and descriptions of new species and subspecies. Transactions Royal Entomological Society London, 85, 467-498. [PDF file]
  • Sjöstedt, Y. (1900). Odonaten aus Kamerun, West -Afrika. Beltrage Zur Kenntnis der insektenfauna von Kamerun. Binhang Kongliga Svenka VetenskapsAkademiens Handlingar, 25, 1-62.
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962.) Some records of Odonata collected in tropical Africa. Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 25, 20-50. [PDF file]
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1971). Odonata collected in Republique Centre-Africaine by R. Pujol. Arnoldia, 5, 1-16. [PDF file]

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