Pseudagrion (B) lindicum Grünberg, 1902
Eastern Blue Sprite

Type locality: Lindi, Tanganyika, Tanzania


Male is similar to P. isidromorai and P. glaucoideum by (a) size, Hw 19-23 mm; (b) face green or blue, sometimes yellowish; (c) dorsum of S2 with double-pronged marking, like U or Y, or largely black, usually with blue centre; (d) S8-9 seldom with narrowly black apical border, often all blue; (e) upper branch of cerci hooked, but inner border of lower branch smooth- lower branch of cerci long, finger-like; (f) paraprocts never with dorsal knob (lateral view). However, differs by (1) ranging from Somalia to Mozambique, rather than west Africa; (2) apex of penis rounded, rather than weakly to strongly concave. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Standing and often temporary waters, as well as rivers, in open landscapes. Often with emergent vegetation. From 0 to 1000 m above sea level, but mostly near sea level.


confirmed: Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Somalia; Tanzania

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Penis (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.


  • Grünberg, K. (1902). Sitzungsberichte Gesellschaft naturforschender Freunde Berli, 9, 230-237.
  • 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]
  • Ris, F., and Schmidt, E. (1936). Die Pseudagrion-Arten des kontinentalen Afrika. (Insecta, Odonata). [posthumous, Schmidt based on Ris' notes - sp authorship Schmidt] Abhandlungen Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, 433, 1-68. [PDF file]
  • Aguesse, P. (1966). Contribution à la faune de Congo (Brazzaville) Mission A. Villiers et A. Descarpentries XXI. Odonates. Bulletin de l'Institut fondamental d'Afrique, 28, 783-797. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-21].