Chlorocypha cyanifrons (Selys, 1873)
Blue-fronted Jewel

Type locality: Gabon, no locality data available.


Male is similar to C. trifaria by (a) frons extensively marked with blue; (b) labrum black with 2 blue spots; (c) tibiae all black, although sometimes with whitish pruinosity; (d) Abd all red. However differs by (1) occurring in Lower Guinea and western side of the Congo Basin; (2) at least anteclypeus and in some populations also postclypeus black  and thus without blue, i.e. ‘nose’ often only dorsally blue.

Habitat description

Mostly headwaters, but also larger streams, shaded by forest. Probably often with submerged roots, dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. From 0 to 1300 m above sea level, but mostly below 1000.


confirmed: Angola; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Nigeria

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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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, male; Angola, Cuanza Norte Province, Quitexe-Camabatela road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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