- Xylocopa africana africana (Fabricius, 1781)
- Xylocopa africana congoensis Enderlein, 1903
- Xylocopa africana conradti Enderlein, 1903
- Xylocopa africana longjinensis Strand, 1911
In males the thorax and the first abdominal segment are golden yellow, while in females they are brown. The abdomen is mainly dark brown or blackish.
- Eardley, C. D. (1987) Catalogue of Apoidea (Hymenoptera) in Africa south of the Sahara, Part 1, The genus Xylocopa Latreille (Anthophoridae), Entomology Memoir, No. 70
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