Suave Citril. Snoepie-Aljander.
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Images in nature of Suave Citril (Ceriagrion suave)
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Key identification features:
Face and head orange from above. Eyes dark green above, yellowish below. Thorax brownish orange above, light orange on sides. Wings clear to slightly smoky. Pterostigmas reddish brown. Abdomen bright orange, margin
of segment 10 lacks projections.
Female similar to male, more robust, duller and brownish.
Compared with other species:
The Common Citril Ceriagrion glabrum is a bright, all-orange speciesi found throughout most of SA. In Northern KZN, MP and Limpopo lowveld and the Limpopo river valey lowveld the much rarer Suave Citril, Ceriagrion suave, occurs. C. glabrum has two prominent, black-tipped, multiple-pointed (teeth-like) projections on the hind margin of S10, while C. Sauve does not have these projections. The inferior appendages of C. glabrum are longer than the superior appendages of C. suave.
Distribution and habitat:
Highly localised, having only been recorded in the northeast of South Africa and Swaziland.
Frequents pools, marshes and sluggish reaches of rivers with an abundance of tall grass, sedges and reeds. Sometimes an open habitat, with trees nearby, or even in thick forest.
It rests and flits among the tall grasses and sedges.