Graceful Slim, Aciagrion gracile, Sierskraaltjie 

101 002 Tshipise March 2012 11
101 003Slim Tshipise March 2012 11
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Short description:

Graceful Slim, Aciagrion gracile, Sierskraaltjie is very slender, with a bluish-green and black head. The thorax is bright emerald green and black, with distinctive humeral stripes. Long very slender blackish abdomen, bright blue at tip.

Previously known as the Emerald Slim Aciagion pinhey or Emerald-striped Slim

Family Coenagrionidae Kirby, 1890

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101 004 Aciagrion gracile Gracefull Slim Tshipise March 2012 11Male

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Short description:

Very slender, with a bluish-green and black head. The thorax is bright emerald green and black, with distinctive humeral stripes. Long very slender blackish abdomen, bright blue at tip.

Key identification features:

Male

  • Face bluish green. Labrum bluish green with a central and two lateral black dots.Cheeks bluish green. Anteclypeus bluish green with fine brown tracery. Postclypeus black with bluish green margin and two bluish green triangles green in front. Head matt black from above with large green triangular postocular spots between, green bar almost connecting but not quite touching postocular spots.
  • Eyes bright green with small black cap.
  • Neck black above with green front margin and large green spots on sides.
  • Thorax black above, bright emerald green with fine black stripe at sides, buff below. Area between wings black with green dots.
  • Wings clear,distinct brown smudges in cells behind pterostigmas. Pterostigmas very short, especially in hind wing,smoky brown with fine whitish borders.
  • Abdomen very slender, metallic black above,bluish green sides to segments 1 - 4. Segments 8 - 10 bright blue. S 10 with fine black margin with a notch in it. Appendages short, conical in side view.

Female

  • Same patterning as male, pale green and black on head and thorax,head and thorax, characteristic salmon-pink abdomen tip.Note: this species has recently undergone
Compared with other species:
  • Possible to be confused with A. dondoense, Opal Slim. Claspers are different. Thorax colour also differ with A. dondoense being blueish in colour
Distribution and habitat:

Found in the Limpopo valley and low north eastern coastal plains of KZN, South Africa. 
Natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, moist savanna, rivers, intermittent rivers,
shrub-dominated wetlands, swamps, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.
Inferred to occur from 0 to 2300 m above sea level.

Behaviour:
  • Male flits and glides among thick bush and tall grass next to pools
  • Female cruises among tall grass and reed stems in the pool.
Distribution

 Distribution Map June 2020 Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa

  •  Found in the Limpopo valley and low north eastern coastal plains of KZN, South Africa. 

Africa

  •  Angola; Benin; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Ghana; Liberia; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; Republic of Guinea; Republic of South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Further reading:

Websites
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species   Least Concern
Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 662220

African Dragonflies & Damselflies Online

Credit for description to Michael J. Samways & John P. Simaika
Manual of Freshwater Assessment for South Africa: Dragonfly Biotic Index

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