Stenocypha jacksoni (Pinhey, 1952)
Yellow-sided Jewel


  • scientific: Chlorocypha jacksoni

Type locality: Mafuga Forest, Uganda


Male is similar to other Stenocypha species by slender rather than broad Abd, with S3 about 3x as long as wide (dorsal view). However, differs by (1) head with isolated square pale patch on frons; (2) thorax marked with oblique yellow panel on sides; (3) tibiae all black; (4) red of S3-10 extends ventrally of lateral carina; (5) paraprocts red with black tip, about 3/5 as long as cerci. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest, but sometimes in clearings. Often with a gravelly and/or probably sandy bottom, submerged roots, dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. From 1500 to 2400 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Rwanda; Uganda; NOT confirmed: Burundi

Male © KD Dijkstra

Abdomen (dorsal view)

Head (front)

Thorax (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. (1952). Three new species of Odonata from eastern Africa. Occasional Papers Coryndon Memorial Museum, 3, 13-16. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-04-25].