Family Libellulidae      (Leach, 1815)

Distribution Worldwide
  • 6 species
    • 1 in Asia
      2 in Madagascar
      3 in Africa
  • 3 species exist in Africa, confirmed in most countries 
 General features
  • All species are easily identified by their small size, unusual spindle-shaped abdomen, and bluish white markings. 
  • Despite marked differences in mature males, females and fresh males are less distinctly marked and may be confused
Habitat and behaviour
  • Prefer sunny and especially grassy marshes
  • A. trifidum preferring those in or near forest
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