Pseudagrion (A) coeruleipunctum Pinhey, 1964
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Type locality: Lutchigena River, 16mls E. of Caianda, Angola


Male is similar to P. greeni and P. fisheri by (a) being restricted to Katanga, N Zambia, N Botswana and Angola; (b) thorax extensively black, usually with distinct (sometimes pruinose) antehumeral stripes; (c) seldom pruinose, at most (partly) on thorax and Abd base; (d) legs usually at least broadly marked with black; (e) tarsal claws with small hook or notch beside main hook; (f) lower and upper branches of cerci both extend somewhat, creating mouth-like gap between them; (g) inner border of cerci without basal tooth or toothed flange (dorsal view); (h) paraprocts very long, more than half as long as cerci, and/or upper branch of cerci longer than lower; (i) paraprocts pointed and up-turned. However, differs by (1) labrum black, rather than yellow to orange; (2) antehumeral stripe broader than half-width of mesepisternum, broadly interrupted, like exclamation mark; (3) dorsum S2 and S10 blue, S2 with black subapical patch rather than all being black. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by (gallery) forest. Mostly with a soft (like muddy) bottom and probably often blackwater, emergent vegetation and/or submerged roots. From 300 to 1200 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Zambia

Male © Jens Kipping

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.


  • Pinhey, E. C. G. (1964). Dragonflies (Odonata) of the Angola-Congo borders of Rhodesia. Publicacoes culturais Companhia Diamantes Angola, 63, 95-130. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1973). Notes on some African representatives of the genus Pseudagrion Selys, 1876, with descriptions of two new species (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 2, 317-327. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). Odonata Zygoptera. Exploration Hydrobiologique Bassin Lac Bangweolo Luapula, 14, 1-43. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). Odonata Zygoptera. Exploration Hydrobiologique Bassin Lac Bangweolo Luapula, 14, 1-43. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-14].