Spesbona angusta (Selys, 1863)

Mauve bluet, Ceres stream-damsel, Ceres featherlegs, Spesbona



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Metacnemis angusta Selys, 1863


Conservation Status

Last record: 1920

Rediscovered in 2003, either November (Samways & Tarboton, 2006) or December (Samways, 2018)

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable



Western Cape, South Africa


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

de Sélys-Longchamps, E. (1863). Synopsis des Agrionines. 4me légion: Platycnemis. Bulletin Academie royale Belgique Serie, 2 16, 147-176.

Other references:

Dijkstra, K. D. B., Boudot, J. P., Clausnitzer, V. et al. (2011). Dragonflies and damselflies of Africa (Odonata): history, diversity, distribution, and conservation. In: Darwall W, Smith K, Allen D, et al. (Eds). The diversity of life in African freshwaters: under water, under threat. An analysis of the status and distribution of freshwater species throughout mainland Africa. Cambridge, UK, and Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.

Pinhey, E. (1984). A survey to the dragonflies (Odonata) of South Africa. Part 1. Journal of the Entomological Society of southern Africa 47: 147-188.

Samways, Michael J. (1999). Diversity and conservation status of South African dragonflies (Odonata). Odonatologica 28: 13-62.

Samways, Michael J. (2002). A strategy for national red listing invertebrates based on experiences with Odonata in South Africa. African Entomology 10: 43-52.

Samways, Michael J. (2004). Critical species of Odonata in southern Africa. International Journal of Odonatology 7: 255-262.

Samways, Michael J. (2006a). Honing Red List assessments of lesser known taxa in biodiversity hotspots. Biodiversity and Conservation 16(9): 2575-2586.

Samways, Michael J. (2006b). National Red List of South African Odonata. Odonatologica 35: 341-368.

Samways, Michael J. (2007). Spesbona angusta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T13257A3431756. Accessed on 22 September 2023.

Samways, Michael J. (2008). Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa (Pensoft Series Faunistica No. 70). Sofia, Bulgaria: Pensoft Publishers. [p. 67]

Samways, Michael J. (2010). Spesbona angusta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T13257A3431878. Downloaded on 19 December 2015.

Samways, Michael J. (2018). Spesbona angusta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T13257A75519665. Accessed on 22 September 2023.

Samways, Michael J. and Pryke, James. (2009). Rare dragons and damsels return. Quest 5(2): 28-29.

Samways, Michael J. and Tarboton, W. (2006). Rediscovery of Metacnemis angusta (Selys) in the Western Cape, South Africa, with description of male and redescription of female (Zygoptera: Platycnemididae). Odonatologica 35(4): 401-404.

Samways, Michael J. and Taylor, S. (2004). Impacts of invasive alien plants on red-listed South African dragonflies (Odonata). South African Journal of Science 100: 78-80.

Samways, Michael J. , Taylor, S. and Tarboton, W. (2005). Extinction reprieve following alien removal. Conservation Biology 19: 1329-1330.

Tarboton, W. and Tarboton, M. (2005). A fieldguide to the damselflies of South Africa. Privately published by the authors, Nylstroom.


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