Phyllomacromia seydeli (Fraser, 1954)
Black Cruiser

Type locality: Lulua, Kalenge [many options, ass. nr. Kapanga], DRC


Male is similar to P. unifasciata by (a) size, Hw 38-43 mm; (b) thorax with single bold stripe on each side (through metastigma); (c) hamule with short hook; (d) border of genital fossa not hollowed out, running straight into border of genital lobe; (e) Abd marked differently; (f) dorsum of S10 with peak bearing cone; (g) cerci abruptly widened at base, resulting in subbasal ventral angle or tooth, weakly sinuous, tips blunt and rather parallel; epiproct with wide, roundly excavated apex. However, differs by (1) antealar sinus black rather than pale; (2) wing bases narrowly but distinctly brown rather than clear; (3) membranule blackish, rather than whitish; (4) Abd all black, rather than some parts marked with yellow. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably rivers or streams shaded by forest. Inferred to occur from 300 to 1000 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo

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.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1954). New species of Macromia from tropical Africa. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 49, 41-76. [PDF file]
  • Gambles, R.M. (1979). West African species of Macromia (Odonata: Corduliidae) belonging to picta and sophia groups. Systematic Entomology, 4, 389-407. [PDF file]
  • Kirby, W.F. (1900). Report on the Neuroptera Odonata collected by Mr E. E. Austen at Sierra Leone during August and September 1899. Annals Magazine Natural History, 6, 67-79. [PDF file]

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