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Dragonflies & Damselflies Suave Citril Ceriagrion suave - Dragonflies & Damselflies

Suave Citril    Ceriagrion suave    Snoepie-Aljander.

101 075 Ceriagrion sauve Sauve Citril Male Tshipise LP RSA Feb 2018 Photographer John Wilkinson 1101 077 Ceriagrion sauve Sauve Citril Female Tshipise LP RSA Feb 2018 Photographer John Wilkinson 1

Suave Citril   Ceriagrion suave    Snoepie-Aljander.

Family Coenagrionidae Kirby, 1890 Pond Damsels
Short description:

Medium sized and all orange. without any projections on S10

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101 075 Ceriagrion sauve Sauve Citril Male Tshipise LP RSA Feb 2018 Photographer John Wilkinson 1101 078 Ceriagrion sauve Sauve Citril Male Tshipise LP RSA Feb 2018 Photographer John Wilkinson m1



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 Key identification features:

Male:

  • 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:

  • Female similar to male, more robust, duller and brownish.
Compared with other species:
  • The Common Citril Ceriagrion glabrum is a  bright, all-orange species found  throughout most of SA. In Northern KZN, MP and Limpopo lowveld and the Limpopo river  valley 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.
  • 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. 
Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes. Often with emergent vegetation
Sometimes an open habitat, with trees nearby, or even in thick forest.
From 0 to 1900 m above sea level, but mostly below 1300.

Behaviour:
  • It rests and flits among the tall grasses and sedge. Easy to observe du to the coloration 
Further reading:

Websites referring to this species
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species    Least Concern
Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 662790
African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online
A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa

 

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