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Spesbona angusta (Selys, 1863)

Mauve bluet, Ceres stream-damsel, Ceres featherlegs



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Metacnemis angusta Selys, 1863


Conservation Status

Last record: 1920

Rediscovered in November or December 2003

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable



Western Cape, South Africa












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