Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
Keeled Skimmer


  • scientific: O. anceps etc.

Type locality: Europe, no locality data available.


For the identification of this species, please refer to: Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & R. Lewington, 2006. Field guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe. British Wildlife Publishing. 1-320.

Habitat description

Mostly in probably often temporary headwaters, but also seeps, springs and larger streams, in open landscapes. Probably especially calmer sections (like pools) with a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 2100 m above sea level, but mostly below 400.


confirmed: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia

© Jean-Pierre Boudot

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.


  • Fabricius, J.C. (1798). Supplementum entomologiae systematicae. Proft et Storch, Hafniae, 1-572.
  • Longfield, C. (1955). The Odonata of N. Angola. Part I. Publicacoes culturais Companhia Diamantes Angola, 27, 11-63. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-16].