Ceriagrion ignitum Campion, 1914
Little Red Citril

Type locality: Aburi, Ghana


Male is similar to C. kordofanicum by (a) size, Hw 15-17 mm; (b) labrum without transverse, ridge-like fold; (c) penis with pointed or finger-like lateral lobes; (d) cerci at most slightly longer than paraprocts, with at most small tooth near apex; (e) paraprocts often reach only as far as tips of cerci. However, differs by (1) ranging from C DRC to W Africa; (2) head and thorax dark brown, rather than red, face and Abd deep red rather than orange-red; (3) paraprocts with heel and ‘toe’ not so well developed, ‘toe’ directed up- and backwards pointing at apex of cerci. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Standing waters in open areas in forest. Usually with aquatic vegetation, notably floating Salvinia. From 300 to 500 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ghana

© KD Dijkstra

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Penis (lateral view)

Map citation: Clausnitzer, V., K.-D.B. Dijkstra, R. Koch, J.-P. Boudot, W.R.T. Darwall, J. Kipping, B. Samraoui, M.J. Samways, J.P. Simaika & F. Suhling, 2012. Focus on African Freshwaters: hotspots of dragonfly diversity and conservation concern. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 129-134.

Barcode specimen(s):

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Campion, H. (1914). Three new species of Ceriagrion from West Africa. Annals Magazine Natural History Series 8, 14, 277-282. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1961). Dragonflies (Odonata) of Central Africa. Occasional Papers Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, 14, 1-97. [PDF file]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1963). Notes on both sexes of some tropical species of Ceriagrion Selys (Odonata). Annals Magazine Natural History, 6, 17-28. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-17].