Calopteryx exul (Selys, 1853)
Glittering Demoiselle

Type locality: Algeria, no locality data available.


In both sexes the wings are narrower than in all other Calopteryx species and remain completely clear. The male’s venation is metallic, producing a light blue flash on each wing beat in flight. Legs, especially femora, tend to be paler than in other species in both sexes; chocolate-brown rather than black, or black with yellow internal sides. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Lewington 2006]

Habitat description

Rivers and streams in open landscapes. Often with emergent and aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 2000 m above sea level.


confirmed: Algeria; Morocco; Tunisia

Map citation: Clausnitzer, V., K.-D.B. Dijkstra, R. Koch, J.-P. Boudot, W.R.T. Darwall, J. Kipping, B. Samraoui, M.J. Samways, J.P. Simaika & F. Suhling, 2012. Focus on African Freshwaters: hotspots of dragonfly diversity and conservation concern. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 129-134.


  • de Sélys-Longchamps, E. (1853). Synopsis des Caloptérygines. Bruxelles. Bulletins de l'Academie Royale des Sciences Belgique, 20, 1-73.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-20].