Pseudagrion (A) greeni Pinhey, 1961
Clasper-tailed Sprite

Type locality: 30 m[iles] S Ndola, Zambia


Male is similar to P. fisheri by (a) being mostly a species of forested or shaded habitats in Katanga, N Zambia, N Botswana and Angola; (b) labrum yellow to orange; (c) seldom pruinose, at most (partly) on thorax and Abd base; (d) antehumeral stripe complete and narrower than half-width of mesepisternum; (e) dorsum S2 and S10 black; (f) paraprocts very long, more than half as long as cerci, gap between cerci wide: often like wrench or spanner; (g) inner border of cerci without basal tooth or toothed flange (dorsal view). However, differs by (1) dorsum S8-9 blue; (2) upper branch of cerci huge, reaches far beyond small lower branch (lateral view). See P. sarepi for separation of that recently described species. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also streams, in open landscapes or shaded by gallery forest. Often faster sections, usually with emergent vegetation and often rocks and a sandy and/or probably gravelly bottom. From 1100 to 2200 m above sea level, but possibly down to 600.


confirmed: Angola; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Zambia

© Warwick Tarboton

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; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Pinhey, E. C. G. (1961). Dragonflies collected on an expedition from Rhodesia to Nigeria in 1958. Part 1. Entomologists Monthly Magazine, 96, 256-271. [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. [2024-07-25].