Conspicuous Malachite (Chlorolestes conspicuus)

Chlorolestes conspicuus, the Conspicuous Malachite or Reusemalagiet (Afrikaans) is a species of damselfly in the family Synlestidae. It is endemic to south-western South Africa. This species is found near rivers and streams in both open and wooded valleys. The largest species in its genus, it is 59–65 mm long with a wingspan of 64–72 mm. Males and females are similar; the thorax and abdomen are metallic-green aging to coppery brown.

Link to the OdonataMAP record which contains the above photograph (by Gregg Darling) of a Conspicuous Malachite. The map below shows the distribution of records for Chlorolestes conspicuus in the OdonataMAP database, as at January 2020.

Use this link to embed the above map of distribution records in OdonataMAP:

The following map below is an imputed map, produced by an interpolation algorithm, which attempts to generate a full distribution map from the partial information in the map above. This map will be improved by the submission of records to the OdonataMAP section of the Virtual Museum

The following map below shows the imputed distribution which has been adjusted for terrain roughness

Megan Loftie-Eaton
Megan Loftie-Eaton
Megan is our communications, social media and citizen science coordinator. Prior to her work for the BDI, she coordinated OdonataMAP, the Atlas of African Odonata. A citizen science project run by the Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town and funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation. She also coordinated LepiMAP, which is the Atlas on African Lepidoptera. Megan is passionate about biodiversity conservation. She is a firm believer in the power of citizen science and getting the public involved in nature conservation.

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