Damselfly Families of Southern Africa

Order Odonata


  • DNA is changing the damselfly families. There are currently 27 families worldwide with with 7 more likely to be created.


Nine families in Africa with six families are present in the Southern African Region

These families are differentiated by:

  • Wing venation and wing position at rest
  • Body shape and length
  • Clasper morphology

An example of each family is shown here.


  • Presently only southern African species are shown.
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  • Click on family names for more information on the family
  • A click on genus/species name will link to the main species description article and image gallery.
  • Image set in Alphabetic order by genus
  • Images may not represent the first image shown in the family