Cyanothemis simpsoni Ris, 1915

Type locality: Ka Yima, Kangama, Gigbema, Dumballa, Sierra Leone


The only species currently recognised in this genus. Please refer to the genus diagnosis and introduction for more information.

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also streams, in open areas in forest, but sometimes shaded by gallery forest. Usually with coarse detritus and often dead trunks and/or probably overhanging branches to trap floating organic material required for egg-laying. From 0 to 800 m above sea level, but possibly up to 1500.


confirmed: Angola; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Ghana; Liberia; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone

Male © KD Dijkstra

Female © KD Dijkstra

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral view)

Head (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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Gabon, Haut-Ogoué, route d'Onguila © Mézière, Nicolas

Female; Liberia, Nimba County, border with Guinea © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay

Female; Liberia, Nimba County, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, northern bank Yah (Dayea) River near Gbapa © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Ris, F. (1915). New dragonflies (Odonata) of the subfamily Libellulinae from Sierra Leone. Annals Magazine Natural History, 213-223. [PDF file]
  • Schouteden, H. (1934). Annales Musee Congo belge Zoologie 3 Section 2, 3, 1-84. [PDF file]

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