Selysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825)
Black Pennant

Type locality: Naples, Italy


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

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes. Mostly with a sandy and/or often a soft (like muddy) bottom, and often with bare banks and coarse detritus. From 0 to 900 m above sea level, but mostly below 100.


confirmed: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia

Male © Jean-Pierre Boudot

Female © Jean-Pierre Boudot

Abdominal segment 2 (lateral 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.


  • Vander Linden, P.L. (1825). Monographiae Libellulinarum Europaearum Specimen. J. Frank, Bruxelles, 1-42.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-21].