Umma cincta (Hagen in Selys, 1853)
Broad-winged Sparklewing

Type locality: Vane, Ghana


The only Umma species west of Nigeria but in central Africa overlaps with several species that are similar by (a) head, entire thorax and Abd green to blue metallic; (b) anterior face of basal segment of antenna at least partly dark; (c) Pt present and brown to black and at most slightly metallic; (d) legs and poststernum glossy dark brown to black. However, differs by (1) venation very dense, e.g. Fw quadrilateral with 9-12 cross-veins; (2) Pt poorly developed or tiny, 1 mm, rather rectangular due to straight proximal border; (3) cells between Pt and R2 distinctly deeper than long, sometimes split in two. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Streams shaded by forest, but sometimes in clearings. Mostly with a sandy and/or often gravelly bottom and probably submerged roots and/or coarse detritus. From 0 to 900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Ghana; Liberia; Mali; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Togo

© KD Dijkstra

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; Democratic Republic of Congo, Orientale, Territoire de Basoko, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale,

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Mt Tokadeh © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Mt Tokadeh © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & M. Darpay

Adult, male; Gabon, Haut-Ogoué, route Bongoville-Leconi / rivière Boubou © Mézière, Nicolas ; Julien, Renoult ; Joelle, Lekogo


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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-21].