Pseudagrion (A) fisheri Pinhey, 1961
Dark-tailed Sprite

Type locality: Mwinilunga, Zambia


Male is similar to P. greeni by (a) being mostly a species of forested or shaded habitats in Katanga, N Zambia, N Botswana and Angola; (b) labrum yellow to orange; (c) seldom pruinose, at most (partly) on thorax and Abd base; (d) antehumeral stripe complete and narrower than half-width of mesepisternum; (e) dorsum S2 and S10 black; (f) paraprocts very long, more than half as long as cerci, gap between cerci wide: often like wrench or spanner; (g) inner border of cerci without basal tooth or toothed flange (dorsal view). However, differs by (1) dorsum S8-9 black rather than blue; (2) upper branch of cerci small rather than huge, reaches about as far as rather deep lower branch. See P. sarepi for separation of that recently described species. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Rivers, and possibly flowing channels in marshes, shaded by gallery forest. Usually with aquatic vegetation, often with a sandy bottom. From 900 to 1700 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Botswana; Zambia

Male © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (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.


  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). Odonata Zygoptera. Exploration Hydrobiologique Bassin Lac Bangweolo Luapula, 14, 1-43. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-13].