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

 Suave Citril.  Snoepie-Aljander.

(Ris, 1921)

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Short description:

Suave Citril, Ceriagrion suave, Genus Ceriagrion, Family Coenagrionidae, is medium sized and all orange. without any projections on S10

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.

Further reading:
Distribution Map

Book references
A Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa. ... p. 60 

Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa. ... p. 73.
Dragonfly Biotic Index. ... p. 65
The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Eastern Africa. ... p. 66
Websites referring to this species
The UICN Red List of Threatened Species
Odonata Atlas of Africa VMU Number 662790

A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
Warwick Tarboton
African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online
Other Information:
Size Comparison Diagram: Dragonflies and Damselflies
Morphology of a Dragonfly
Sketch 1 and Sketch 2 and Damselfly
Map of South Africa


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