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Crimson Sprite, Pseudagrion massaicum

The crimson sprite (Pseudagrion massaicum), also known as the Masai sprite or the vermillion sprite, is a species of damselfly that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, among other areas. It prefers to reside near streams and rivers in bushlands and savannahs.

The total population number of the crimson sprite is unknown, but it is a locally common species in South Africa. It is thought that habitat loss caused by agricultural practices, water drainage, and water pollution could threaten this species. There are currently no conservation efforts in place for the crimson sprite and it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Male Masai Sprite at Ngweya Resort, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Credit: Alandmanson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Crimson Sprite Pseudagrion massaicum