Pseudagrion (B) deningi Pinhey, 1961
Dark Sprite

Type locality: Lale Chali, Bangweulu, Zambia


Male is similar to P. sudanicum by (a) often found in open; (b) cerci with prominent flange (long and wide wing-like internal ridge) bearing 1-2 teeth (dorsal view); (c) cerci at most with small basal tooth; cerci seldom dwarfed by paraprocts, if so normally not notched. However, differs by (1) ranging from N Botswana to Katanga; (2) dorsum of head and thorax all black, antehumeral stripes and postocular spots absent; (3) cerci huge, many times larger than paraprocts, scoop-shaped (lateral view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Mostly rivers, but also standing waters and possibly flowing channels in marshes, in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation, especially lilypads. From 900 to 1600 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Botswana; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Namibia; Zambia; Zimbabwe

Male © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Penis (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; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Balinsky, B.I. (1963). A contribution towards the systematics of dragonflies of southern Africa (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 26, 228-255. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-06-17].