Ecchlorolestes nylephtha (Barnard, 1937)
Queen Malachite


  • scientific: Chlorolestes nylephtha

Type locality: SW 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 headwaters, seeps and springs, shaded by forest. Often with emergent vegetation, coarse detritus and a gravelly and/or soft (like muddy) bottom, thus probably especially calmer sections (like pools). Inferred to occur from 0 to 900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Republic of South Africa

© Alan Manson

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.


  • Barnard, K.H. (1937). Notes on Dragon-flies (Odonata) of the S. W. Cape, with Descriptions of the Nymphs, and of New Species. Annals of the South African Museum, 169-260 [PDF file]

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