Chlorocypha flammea Dijkstra & Clausnitzer, 2015
Flame Jewel

Type locality: Semliki NP, Uganda


Male is similar to the potentially sympatric C. victoriae by (a) the largely black labrum with two poorly defined dark brown spots; (b) the white streaks on the anterior surface of the mid and hind tibiae; (c) the largely red abdominal dorsum; and (d) the black markings on the dorsum of S2 lying near the apical border, curved laterally and not extending to base. However, has (1) greater size, Hw 23.0-25.0 mm (n = 3) rather than 20.0-22.5 mm; (2) the markings on the head, thorax and abdomen underside are pale greenish rather than dark brown and thus more contrasting; (3) the basal third to half of the fore tibiae also with a white streak, rather than wholly black; and (4) the red on the abdominal dorsum is not uniform but on S8-9 grades to a yellow S10. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest. Probably often with submerged roots, dead trunks or branches, coarse detritus and/or a sandy bottom. From 600 to 1300 m above sea level.


confirmed: Uganda

© Giff Beaton

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.


  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Mézière, N., and Kipping, J. (2015). Sixty new dragonfly and damselfly species from Africa (Odonata). Odonatologica, 44, 447-678.

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