Chlorocypha fabamacula Pinhey, 1961
Spotted Jewel

Synonyms:

  • scientific: C. wittei sensu Pinhey, 1961 nec Fraser, 1955
  • vernacular: Spotted Jewel

Type locality: Solwezi, Zambia

Diagnosis

Male is similar to C. victoriae by, (a) Hw 20-22 mm, rarely up to 24 mm; (b) head all black or with yellowish, brown or green spots; (c) fore tibiae entirely black; (d) at least mid and hind tibiae with anterior white streaks; (e) Abd all red, sometimes gradually becoming yellow towards end; (f) S2 largely red with paired black (sub)apical markings and S3 not black laterally. However, differs by (1) not as widespread and distributed from Katanga to N Zambia; (2) posthumeral pale stripe usually prominent rather than reduced; (3) apical markings S2 not distinctly curved laterally. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also streams, shaded by gallery forest, but sometimes in open landscapes. Often with a gravelly and/or sandy bottom, dead trunks or branches, and probably submerged roots and coarse detritus. From 600 to 1500 m above sea level, but mostly between 800 and 1500.

Distribution

confirmed: Angola; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Zambia


Male © Jens Kipping


Abdomen (dorsal 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, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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


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

Reference

  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]

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