Dragonfly Families of southern Africa


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Order ODONATA         Fabricius, 1793



  • About 3,012 species of dragonflies were known in 2010. Several new species added since
  • 11 families
  • 348 genera. Note as the knowledge of DNA improves these families and genera may change significantly as the families and genera is reclasified.


  • Seven families in Africa.
  • Six families are present in the Southern African Region
  • Families are grouped according to the common family name 
  • Family Libellulidae consist of approximate 41 genera in Africa with 11 Genera in the Southern African region
  • For clarity this family is show in genus level
  • Genus details below refers to southern African genera
    An example of each family is shown here.
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