Chlorolestes draconicus Balinsky, 1956
Drakensberg Malachite

Type locality: Drakensberg Mts, South Africa


For the identification of this species, please refer to: Tarboton, W. & Tarboton, M. 2015. A guide to the dragonflies (Odonata) of South Africa. Cape Town: Random House Struik.

Habitat description

Mostly streams, but sometimes headwaters, in open landscapes or shaded by gallery forest. Often calmer sections (like pools) with emergent vegetation, coarse detritus, rocks and/or a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 1500 to 1900 m above sea level, but mostly above 1700 and possibly up to 3300.


confirmed: Republic of South Africa; NOT confirmed: Lesotho

© Hennie de Klerk

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.


  • Balinsky, B.I. (1956). A new species of Chlorolestes (Odonata) from Natal. Annals of the Transvaal Museum, 22, 511-514. [PDF file]

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