Suave Citril Ceriagrion suave Snoepie-Aljander
Suave Citril Ceriagrion suave is medium sized and all orange. without any projections on S10
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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. Superior appendages straight and with a terminal hook,. Inferior appendages similar length as superior appendages and with a stubby hook.
- 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:
Suave Citril Ceriagrion suave Snoepie-aljander is highly localised, having only been recorded in the northeast of South Africa and Swaziland.
It occurs at pools, waterholes and marshes particularly in flooded areas May breed in temporary pools. It rests and flits among the tall grasses and sedge.
From 0 to 1900 m above sea level, but mostly below 1300.
- It rests and flits among the tall grasses and sedge. Easy to observe due to the coloration
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