Tramea limbata (Desjardins, 1832)
Ferruginous Glider


  • scientific: T. continentalis Selys, 1878
  • vernacular: Voyaging G.

Type locality: Mauritius, no locality data available.


Male differs from T. basilaris by (1) dorsum of frons metallic purple; (2) Hw base with straight deep red-brown band, sometimes excavated basally to form crescent, at most enclosed by trace of yellow, markings seldom entering triangle; (3) cerci about as long as S8-10. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and often temporary waters in open landscapes, but sometimes shaded by gallery forest. Often with coarse detritus and a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 1800 m above sea level, but mostly below 500.


confirmed: Botswana; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Republic of South Africa; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Socotra (Yemen); Somalia; Tanzania; Uganda; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Guinee-Bissau; Mauritania; Republic of Guinea; Zambia

Male © Warwick Tarboton

Male © Damian Pinguey

Abdominal segment 2 (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):

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


  • Desjardins, J.F. (1835). Extraits du troisième rapport lu à la première séance annuelle de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de l'île Maurice. Annales Societe Entomologique France, 4, 2-5.
  • Ris, F. (1921). The Odonata or Dragonflies of South Africa. Annals South African Museum, XVIII, 245-452. [PDF file]
  • Balinsky, B.I. (1961). Observations on the dragonfly fauna of the coastal region of Zululand, with descriptions of three new species (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 24, 72-91. [PDF file]
  • Martin, R. (1896). Odonates des îles Seychelles. Memoires Societe Zoologique France, 9, 101-112. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-20].