Platycypha fitzsimonsi (Pinhey, 1950)
Boulder Jewel

Type locality: Natal, South Africa


For the identification of this species, please refer to: Tarboton, W. & Tarboton, M. 2015. A guide to the dragonflies (Odonata) of South Africa. Cape Town: Random House Struik.

Habitat description

Mostly streams, but also rivers, in open landscapes, but sometimes shaded by gallery forest. Often with rocks and probably submerged roots, dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. Inferred to occur from 0 to 2100 m above sea level.


confirmed: Republic of South Africa

© Damian Pinguey

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.


  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1950). New species of Odonata from southern Africa. Annals Transvaal Museum, 21, 260-272. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-21].