Suave Citril. Snoepie-Aljander.
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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 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.
- Frequents pools, marshes and sluggish reaches of rivers with an abundance of tall grass, sedge and reeds. Sometimes an open habitat, with trees nearby, or even in thick forest.
- It rests and flits among the tall grasses and sedge. Easy to observe du to the coloration