Chlorocypha seydeli Fraser, 1958
Southern Red-tipped Jewel

Type locality: Lualaba, Kabongo, DRC


Male is similar to C. glauca by (a) at least part of Abd blue or white: if not entirely so, remainder of another colour, usually red, in sharp contrast; (b) basal segments blue or white, terminal segments red or also blue; (c) terminal Abd segments (usually S6-10) red. However differs by (1) not as widespread and found only in Katanga; (2) branches of antehumeral stripe broadly joined rather than separated; (3) mid and hind tibiae white anteriorly, rather than all black; (4) S2 largely pale rather than black, with black apical markings. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably streams shaded by forest. Probably often with submerged roots, dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. Recorded at around 1000 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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, West Nimba Proposed Forest Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay

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

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, northern bank Yah (Dayea) River near Gbapa © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Grand Gedeh County, Putu Iron Ore Mining concession © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker


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  • Longfield, C. (1936). Studies on African Odonata, with synonymy and descriptions of new species and subspecies. Transactions Royal Entomological Society London, 85, 467-498. [PDF file]
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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-20].