Pseudagrion (A) emarginatum Karsch, 1893
Blue-faced Sprite

Synonyms:

  • scientific: P. coeruleiceps Longfield, 1959

Type locality: Bukuru, Nigeria

Diagnosis

Male is similar to P. hageni by (a) seldom pruinose, at most (partly) on thorax and Abd base; (b) entire dorsum of S7 black, rarely with small apical marking (in which case antehumeral stripe often half as wide as mesepisternum); (c) cerci with lower branch not bent inwards but in line with upper branch; lower branch bearing flange that ends with 1 tooth near base. However, differs by (1) ranging from NE DRC to W Africa; (2) postclypeus blue with black base, rather than all black; (3) branches of cerci very short (lateral view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Streams, but possibly also headwaters, shaded by gallery forest, but possibly also in open landscapes. Often with emergent vegetation and probably submerged roots and a sandy bottom. Inferred to occur from 200 to 1400 m above sea level.

Distribution

confirmed: Central African Republic; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ghana; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Togo

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.


References

  • Karsch, F. (1893). Die Insecten der Berglandschaft Adeli im Hinterlande von Togo (Westafrika) nach dem von den Herren Hauptmann Eugen Kling imd Dr. Richard Büttner, gesammelten Materiale bearbeitet von Dr. F. Karsch, mit einem Vorworte von Dr. Richard Büttner. I Abtheilung Apterygola, Odonata, Orthoptera saltatoria. Lepidoptera. Rhopalocera. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift, 38,1-266.
  • Longfield, C. (1959). The Odonata of N. Angola. Part II. Publicacoes culturais Companhia Diamantes Angola, 45, 13-42. [PDF file]
  • Longfield, C. (1959). The Odonata of N. Angola. Part II. Publicacoes culturais Companhia Diamantes Angola, 45, 13-42. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2018-09-24].