Chlorocypha aphrodite (Le Roi, 1915)
Blue Jewel

Type locality: DRC, no locality data available.


The males is the only chlorocyphid in Africa outside Angola with an entirely blue Abd and black legs with white anterior streaks on the tibiae. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly streams, but also rivers, shaded by forest, but sometimes in open areas in forest. Mostly with a sandy bottom, often dead trunks or branches, and probably submerged roots and/or coarse detritus. From 100 to 900 m above sea level, but mostly between 300 and 600.


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

Male © Nicolas Meziere

Male © Andr?® G??nther

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; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, Lower Lomami


  • Le Roi, O. (1915). Odonaten aus Äquatorial-Afrika. Wissenschaftliche ergebnisse der Deutschen Zentral-Africa-Expedition, 319-360.
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). African Chlorocyphidae (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 29, 161-197. [PDF file]
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]

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