Pseudagrion (B) nubicum Selys, 1876
Bluetail Sprite


  • scientific: P. tricorne Pinhey, 1967
  • vernacular: Nubian S. (Su, RL)

Type locality: Nubia, Sudan


Male is similar to P. torridum by (a) antehumeral stripes and postocular spots present; (b) antehumesal stripes green to blue; (c) apex of penis notched; (d) cerci small, not scoop-shaped; (e) cerci with prominent flange (long and wide wing-like internal ridge) bearing 1-2 teeth, including 1 in basal half; (f) paraprocts small, only weakly upturned. However, differs by (1) being widespread; (2) cerci parallel (rather than dicerging strongly), flange narrow, rather than very broad, with 1 (southern: Zambia, Zimbabwe) or 2 (further north) small teeth (dorsal view); (3) apex of cerci with mouth-like notch (lateral view), rather than with drawn-out point. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Standing waters and rivers, but possibly also large lakes, in open landscapes. Often with emergent vegetation. From 0 to 2000 m above sea level, but mostly below 400.


confirmed: Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Malawi; Sierra Leone

Male © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Penis (lateral 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, Grand Gedeh County, Tappita Road just west of Zwedru © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, Lower Aruwimi © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-20].