Chlorocypha schmidti Pinhey, 1967
Albertine Jewel

Type locality: Mt Hoyo, Bunia, Ituri, DRC


Male belongs to several species with (a) head all black or with yellowish, brown or green spots, but no blue markings; (b) at least mid and hind tibiae with anterior white streaks; (c) Abd all red, sometimes gradually becoming yellow towards end. Identified by combination of (1) found only at streams in E DRC; (2) relatively large, Hw 22-25 mm; (3) head and thorax entirely black at maturity; (4) S2 all black, at most with almost indiscernible red central spots, S3 laterally black extending onto dorsum especially at segment base, and S4-5 with small (sub)apical black markings. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably (headwater) streams shaded by forest. Probably often with submerged roots, dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. From 800 to 1400 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo

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.


  • 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. [2024-07-20].