Chlorocypha frigida Pinhey, 1961
Frigid Jewel

Type locality: Zambezi, Mwinilunga, Zambia


Males of C. frigida and C. selysi differ from other species by combination of (a) anteclypeus and labrum uniformly blue contrasting with largely black frons and postclypeus; (b) tibiae all black, although sometimes with whitish pruinosity; (c) Abd all red. Differs from C. selysi by (1) occurring south of the Congo Basin in N Zambia and Katanga; (2) being paler overall.

Habitat description

Headwater streams shaded by forest. Often with dead trunks or branches and probably submerged roots, coarse detritus and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. From 500 to 1500 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Zambia

© Jens Kipping

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].