Phyllomacromia africana (Selys, 1871)
Sahel Cruiser

Type locality: Nubia, Egypt


Male is similar to P. pseudafricana by (a) smaller size, Hw 27-32 mm; (b) thorax with 3 pale stripes on each side; (c) dorsum of S10 flat, at most with rounded hump but without cones; (d) cerci yellow, may be darker at base, usually paler than epiproct. However, differs by (1) vertex and occipital triangle at least partly pale rather than dark; (2) hamule with smoothly curved border, narrowing gradually towards hook; (3) anal notch of Hw obtuse rather than acute; (4) pale markings on S3-6 usually extend onto apical halves; (5) apical border of S10 with black denticles (hard to see when S10 dark). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known well, but probably rivers and large lakes in open landscapes. From 0 to 1400 m above sea level.


confirmed: Chad; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Egypt; Ghana; Malawi; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Abdominal segment 2 (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.


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