View the above photo record (by Alan Manson) in OdonataMAP here.
Find the Slender Bluet in the FBIS database (Freshwater Biodiversity Information System) here.
Africallagma fractum – SLENDER BLUET
Length up to 32mm; Wingspan reaches 39mm.
Most like Africallagma glaucum (Swamp Bluet). The Slender Bluet is distinguishable from that species by its conspicuous, large and connected postocular spots, and by the unique black notch-shaped marking on the top of segment seven.
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Frequents the fringes of streams, pools and dams where there is a thick growth of tall grasses and forbs. Usually found in fairly well-wooded areas.
A mid-altitude species that is mostly found between 600 and 1200m a.s.l.
Perches near the top of grass stems over the water where it is conspicuous.
On the wing mainly from September to April, but may fly all year in places. See Phenology below.
Status and Conservation
Scarce and localised. Listed as of Least Concern in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
It has been found in Angola, southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and eastern South Africa.
Below is a map showing the distribution of records for Slender Bluet in the OdonataMAP database as at February 2020.
The next 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.
Ultimately, we will produce a series of maps for all the odonata species in the region. The current algorithm is a new algorithm. The objective is mainly to produce “smoothed” maps that could go into a field guide for odonata. This basic version of the algorithm (as mapped above) does not make use of “explanatory variables” (e.g. altitude, terrain roughness, presence of freshwater — we will be producing maps that take these variables into account soon). Currently, it only makes use of the OdonataMAP records for the species being mapped, as well as all the other records of all other species. The basic maps are “optimistic” and will generally show ranges to be larger than what they probably are.
These maps use the data in the OdonataMAP section of the Virtual Museum, and also the database assembled by the previous JRS funded project, which was led by Professor Michael Samways and Dr KD Dijkstra.