Chlorocypha ghesquierei Fraser, 1959
Congo Red Jewel

Type locality: Eala, DRC


No full diagnosis of this species, known only with certainty from the type locality, is presently available. However, the male differs subtly from similar species with (a) an all-red abdominal dorsum; and (b) all black legs; by being (1) fairly small, Hw 21.0-22.0 mm rather than 22.0-25.0 mm; having (2) a dark face with prominent double pale (probably yellow or blue in life) spots on the labrum and pale genae extending as narrow wedges along the eyes; (3) a dark thorax with the pale ante-humeral stripes obscured with age, leaving only two yellowish bands on the sides; and (4) a quite extensively black dorsum of S2 contrasting with the almost unmarked remaining abdomen. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably rivers or streams shaded by or in open areas in forest. Probably often with submerged roots, dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. From 300 to 900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo

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.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1959). A new species of Chlorocypha and some notes on the synonymy of other species of Odonata from the Belgian Congo. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 60, 307-312. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). African Chlorocyphidae (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 29, 161-197. [PDF file]

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