Pseudagrion (B) tanganyicum Dijkstra & Kipping, 2015
Tanganyika Sprite

Type locality: Kibirizi, Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania


Male is structurally like P. massaicum with (a) the fairly small size, Hw 17.0-19.0 mm (n = 24); (b) the pointed lateral and apical lobes of the penis; (c) the similarly long cerci and paraprocts; and (c) the paraprocts with a short blunt apex and a prominent dorsal knob in lateral view. However, with maturity (1) the face, eyes and postocular spots are yellow rather than red; (2) the antehumeral stripes are green rather than red; and (3) the thorax is quite uniformly pale blue below the humeral suture rather than red grading to bluish pruinose below the metapleural suture. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Large lakes in open landscapes. Usually sandy and rocky beaches and wave-battered reeds in shallows. Between 700 and 800 m above sea level.


confirmed: Tanzania; Zambia

© Jens Kipping

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.


  • Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Mézière, N., and Kipping, J. (2015). Sixty new dragonfly and damselfly species from Africa (Odonata). Odonatologica, 44, 447-678.

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