Pseudagrion (A) hageni Karsch, 1893
Painted Sprite

Type locality: South Africa, no locality data available.

Diagnosis

Male is similar to P. kibalense and P. aguessi by (a) postclypeus all black; (b) entire dorsum of S7 black, rarely with small apical marking (in which case antehumeral stripe often half as wide as mesepisternum); (c) branches of cerci longer; (d) cerci with lower branch not bent inwards but in line with upper branch; lower branch bearing flange that ends with 1 tooth near base. However, differs by (1) ranging from Kenya and E DRC to South Africa; (2) face orange, rather than greenish to blueish; (3) postocular spots orange rather than bluish, and (almost) connected by orange bar across occiput; (4) thorax sides green rather than bluish, with long black interpleural stripe, often merged with metapleural stripe. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Mostly streams, but also rivers (especially Cape subspecies) and standing waters, shaded by gallery forest, but sometimes in open areas in forest. Often calmer sections (like pools) with emergent vegetation, a sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom, and probably submerged roots. From 0 to 2000 m above sea level, but mostly below 1600.

Distribution

confirmed: Botswana; Burundi; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Republic of South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe


Male © Adolfo Cordero


Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (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.


Barcode specimen(s):


Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, Chimanimani National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, Chimanimani National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Pair; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, Ubundu Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, below Vumba Mts, Essex Valley © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

References

  • Karsch, F. (1893). Die Insecten der Berglandschaft Adeli im Hinterlande von Togo (Westafrika) nach dem von den Herren Hauptmann Eugen Kling imd Dr. Richard Büttner, gesammelten Materiale bearbeitet von Dr. F. Karsch, mit einem Vorworte von Dr. Richard Büttner. I Abtheilung Apterygola, Odonata, Orthoptera saltatoria. Lepidoptera. Rhopalocera. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift, 38,1-266.
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1966). Notes on African Odonata, particularly type material. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 73, 283-308. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2018-11-21].