Chlorocypha selysi (Karsch, 1899)
Blue-faced Jewel

Type locality: Cameroon, no locality data available.


Males of C. frigida and C. selysi differ from other species by combination of (a) anteclypeus and labrum uniformly blue contrasting with largely black frons and postclypeus; (b) tibiae all black, although sometimes with whitish pruinosity; (c) Abd all red. Differs from C. frigida by (1) occurring west of the Congo Basin; (2) being darker overall.

Habitat description

Mostly headwaters, but also larger streams, shaded by forest. Often with dead trunks or branches and probably submerged roots, coarse detritus and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. From 0 to 1300 m above sea level, but mostly below 700, although possibly up to 2600.


confirmed: Benin; Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea; Ghana; Liberia; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Togo; NOT confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Guinee-Bissau

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Abdomen (dorsal view)

Head (front)

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.


  • Karsch, F. (1899). Odonaten von Johann-Alrecht-Höhe (Nord- Kamerun), gesammelt von Herrn Leopold Conradt. Entomologische Nachrichten, 25, 161-176. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). African Chlorocyphidae (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 29, 161-197. [PDF file]
  • D' Andrea, M., and Carfi, S. (1997). Nuove raccolte di odonati del Camerun con note su Agriocnemis maclachlani Selys, 1877 edescrizione di Agriocnemis dissimilis sp. nov. e Trithemis osvaldae sp. nov. Atti Societa italiana Scienze naturali, 136, 157-190. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-20].