Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)
Common Winterdamsel

Type locality: Silesia, Europe


The only species currently recognised in this genus in Africa. Please refer to the genus introduction for more information.

Habitat description

Standing and often temporary waters in open landscapes, but sometimes also in open areas in forest or shaded by gallery forest. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 1700 m above sea level, but mostly below 200.


confirmed: Algeria; Egypt; Morocco; Tunisia

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.


  • Vander Linden, P.L. (1820). Typographia annesii de nobilibus, Bononiae, 1-8.

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