Rhyothemis splendens Fraser, 1955
Splendid Flutterer

Type locality: Lualaba, Kabongo, DRC


Male is similar to R. fenestrina and R. notata by (a) 1-6 cell-doublings in radial planate of all wings, only rarely none; (b) at least outer halves of Hw with dark markings. However, differs by (1) being restricted to Katanga; (2) all wings with broad dark band on tips, this separated from basal dark area by large clear field. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably standing and often temporary waters in open landscapes. Probably often with emergent and aquatic vegetation, and a soft (like muddy) bottom. Inferred to occur at around 1000 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo

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.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1955). Four new species of Odonata from the Belgian Congo. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 52, 17-24. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2019-05-24].