Pseudagrion (B) sublacteum (Karsch, 1893)
Cherry-eye Sprite

Type locality: Togo, no locality data available.


Male is similar to P. massaicum and P. tanganyicum by (a) face usually reddish, sometimes yellow, postocular spots and antehumeral stripes often present; (b) at least tibiae pale, contrasting with femora when these are dark; (c) S8-9 both usually distinctly marked with black apically, sometimes pruinose; (d) paraprocts hatchet-shaped, with prominent dorsal knob (lateral view) and short, blunt apex (lateral and dorsal view). However, differs by (1) thorax usually duller, may darken or pruinose, rather than being brightly coloured; (2) lateral and apical lobes of penis obtuse, rather than pointed; (3) cerci clearly longer than paraprocts (lateral view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Rivers, streams and possibly large lakes, mostly in open landscapes, but sometimes in open areas in forest. Often with emergent vegetation, probably especially faster sections. From 0 to 1900 m above sea level, but mostly below 1300.


confirmed: Angola; Benin; Botswana; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Mali; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Republic of South Africa; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Egypt; Libya; Mauritania; South Sudan

Male © Hans-Joachim Clausnitzer

Male © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Penis (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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Angola, Cuanza Norte Province, Ndalatando © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Zimbabwe, Manicaland, below Vumba Mts, Burma Valley © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Karsch, F. (1893). Die Insecten der Berglandschaft Adeli im Hinterlande von Togo (Westafrika) nach dem von den Herren Hauptmann Eugen Kling imd Dr. Richard Büttner, gesammelten Materiale bearbeitet von Dr. F. Karsch, mit einem Vorworte von Dr. Richard Büttner. I Abtheilung Apterygola, Odonata, Orthoptera saltatoria. Lepidoptera. Rhopalocera. Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift, 38, 1-266.
  • Consiglio, C. (1978). Odonata collected in ethopia by the expeditions of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 37,: 27-51. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-04-23].