Chlorocypha luminosa (Karsch, 1893)
Orange Jewel


  • scientific: C. sharpae Pinhey, 1972

Type locality: Bismarckburg, British Togo [now Ghana]


No diagnosis of this distinct species (the only wholly orange male in the Upper Guinea) is presently available.

Habitat description

Mostly streams, but also rivers, shaded by forest, but possibly also in open areas in forest. Probably often with submerged roots, dead trunks or branches and/or coarse detritus. From 100 to 800 m above sea level, but mostly below 600.


confirmed: Ghana; Liberia; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Togo; NOT confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire

© KD Dijkstra

Abdomen (dorsal 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):

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Lugbeyee-Bonlah Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, Lugbeyee-Bonlah Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). African Chlorocyphidae (Odonata). Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 29, 161-197. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). New or little-known dragonflies (Odonata) of Central and Southern Africa. Occasional Papers National Museum Southern Rhodesia, 26, 892-911. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). Some records of Odonata collected in tropical Africa. Journal Entomological Society Southern Africa, 25, 20-50. [PDF file]

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