Pseudagrion (A) simplicilaminatum Carletti & Terzani, 1997
Blue Slim Sprite

Type locality: Kintele, Congo


Male is similar to P. thenartum by (a) slender forest species, ranging from DRC to W; (b) antehumeral stripe at least as broad as half-width of mesepisternum, constricted or broken near dorsal end; (c) at least tibiae and often femora largely pale; (d) cerci not branched in lateral view. However, differs by (1) smaller size, Hw 16-18 mm; (2) thorax, including antehumeral stripe, and postocular spots blue, rather thab orange; (3) Pt black rather than yellow; (4) cerci awl-shaped rather than club-shaped, with pointed apices. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Streams, but possibly also rivers, in open areas in forest. Mostly with a sandy bottom, often blackwater and probably emergent vegetation and/or submerged roots. Inferred to occur from 100 to 600 m above sea level.


confirmed: Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon

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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, male; Gabon, Haut-Ogoué, route Bongoville-Leconi / rivière Boubou © Mézière, Nicolas


  • Carletti, B., and Terzani, F. (1997). Descrizione di Pseudagrion simplicilaminatum spec. nov. della Repubblica del Congo (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Opuscula Zoologica Fluminensia, 152, 1-7. [PDF file]

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