Sapho gloriosa McLachlan, 1873
Glorious Bluewing

Type locality: Gabon, no locality data available.


No full diagnosis of this species is presently available. With S. orichalcea, the mature male is the only damselfly with (almost) completely dark wings occurring from eastern Nigeria to DRC and Angola, but the taxonomic separation from that species is unresolved.

Habitat description

Mostly streams, but also rivers, usually in open areas in forest, but sometimes shaded. Usually with coarse detritus and often rocks, a gravelly and/or sandy bottom, and probably overhanging branches and/or submerged roots. From 0 to 900 m above sea level, but mostly below 800.


confirmed: Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; NOT confirmed: Equatorial Guinea

Male © Andr?® G??nther

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):

Male; Cameroon, South Province, Campo-Ma'an National Park (buffer zone) © Dijkstra, K.-D.B., J. Kipping & K. Schuette

Adult, male; Gabon, NGOUNIE, Mbigou © Mézière, Nicolas


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