Stenocypha hasta (Pinhey, 1960)
Mahale Jewel


  • scientific: Chlorocypha molindica Fraser, 1948 ssp. hasta

Type locality: Lubungwe R., nr. Kasangazi, Mahali Peninsula, Tanzania


Male is similar to S. tenuis by (a) head with scattered yellowish spots, including bar on occiput; (b) markings of thorax broken up into more or less parallel stripes and blotches; at least hind tibiae usually white anteriorly; (c) 3-5 cross-veins between R2 and R3 before origin of IR2; (d) S2 without lateral black lines or these abbreviated before apex; (e) red confined to dorsum of S3-10, venter black; (f) paraprocts black, about ½ as long as cerci. However, differs by (1) being less widespread, limited to W Tanzania; (2) tibiae all black rather than anteriorly white; (3) S2 with lateral black lines. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably streams shaded by forest. Probably often with submerged roots, dead trunks or branches, coarse detritus and a gravelly bottom. Inferred to occur from 700 to 1600 m above sea level.


confirmed: Tanzania

Abdomen (dorsal view)

Thorax (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.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1948). Three new species of Ethiopian Odonata. Proceedings Royal Entomological Society London Series B, 17, 5-10. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-04-25].