Malachites

Family Synlestidae Tillyard, 1917 
Distribution Worldwide
  • 10 Genera approximately 40 species 
Distribution in Africa and surrounding Islands
  • Most species confined to South Africa (8) with one found in Malawi; Mozambique; Republic of South Africa; Zimbabwe
  • One species (Rainforest Malachite) in tropical Africa, unique within its range from south-eastern Nigeria to southern Gabon
Habitat 
  • Forested areas, opens streams with well grassed /scrubbed edges on streams 
Taxonomy
General identification features
  • Often large metallic green species
  • Sometimes with conspicuously banded wings.
Synopsis
  • Only images of male
  • To view females and for the full description of the species click on the images
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Credit

[Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

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