Chlorocypha dispar (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807)
Little Red Jewel

Type locality: Cote d'Ivoire, no locality data available.


No diagnosis of this species is presently available.

Habitat description

Mostly streams, but also headwaters, shaded by forest. Often with dead trunks or branches and probably submerged roots, coarse detritus and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. From 0 to 900 m above sea level, but possibly up to 1300.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Liberia; Mali; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo; NOT confirmed: Cameroon; Gabon; Guinee-Bissau

© KD Dijkstra

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; Liberia, Nimba County, northern bank Yah (Dayea) River near Gbapa © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Mt Tokadeh © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • de Palisot de Beauvois, A.-M.-F.-J. (1805). Insectes recueillis en Afrique et en Amérique dans les royaumes d'Oware et de Benin, à Saint-Domingue et dans les États-Unis, pendant les années, 1786-1797.
  • Fraser, F.C. (1947). The Odonata of the Ivory Coast based on the mission of Dr. R. Paulin and P. Lepesmee. Transactions Royal Entomological Society London, 98, 19-39. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). African Chlorocyphidae (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 29, 161-197. [PDF file]
  • Kirby, W.F. (1900). Report on the Neuroptera Odonata collected by Mr E. E. Austen at Sierra Leone during August and September 1899. Annals Magazine Natural History, 6: 67-79. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-25].