Chlorolestes conspicuus Hagen in Selys, 1862
Conspicuous Malachite

Type locality: Cape Province, South Africa


For the identification of this species, please refer to: Tarboton, W. & Tarboton, M. 2015. A guide to the dragonflies (Odonata) of South Africa. Cape Town: Random House Struik.

Habitat description

Mostly streams, but sometimes rivers or headwaters, in open landscapes, shaded by gallery forest or in open areas in forest. Often calmer sections (like pools) with emergent vegetation, coarse detritus, rocks, a soft (like muddy) bottom, and probably overhanging branches. Inferred to occur from 0 to 1100 m above sea level, but mostly between 200 and 900, although possibly up to 1700.


confirmed: Republic of South Africa

© Hennie de Klerk

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.


  • de Sélys-Longchamps, E. (1862). Synopsis des AGRIONINES. 3e légion: Podagrion. Bulletin Academie royale Belgique Serie 2 14, 5-44.
  • Ris, F. (1921). The Odonata or Dragonflies of South Africa. Annals South African Museum, XVIII, 245-452. [PDF file]
  • Barnard, K.H. (1937). Notes on dragon-flies (Odonata) of the S. W. Cape with descriptions of the nymphs and of new species. Annals South African Museum, 32, 169-260. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-25].