Dark Sprite, Pseudagrion hamoni

The dark sprite (Pseudagrion hamoni), also known as the maroon sprite, drab sprite, or Hamon’s sprite, is a species of damselfly that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, and South Africa, among many other areas. It prefers to reside in bushlands and savannahs near rivers, streams, wadis, and even crater lakes.

The total population number and trends of the dark sprite are unknown. It is threatened by drought in Arabian and Saharan areas of its range and habitat loss due to drainage practices, water pollution, and water extraction. However, these threats are not thought to affect the species as a whole. Suggested conservation efforts include public education within and near regions affected by natural events, legal protection, research, and habitat conservation. The dark sprite appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Male Hamon’s Sprite, Ngwenya Resort, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Credit: Alandmanson/Wikipedia