Ceriagrion kordofanicum Ris, 1924
Little Orange Citril

Type locality: Sudan, no locality data available.


Male is similar to C. ignitum 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 South Sudan to Mozambique and Zambia; (2) head and thorax red rather than dark brown, Abd orange-red rather than deep red; (3) paraprocts with heel and ‘toe’ very prominent, ‘toe’ directed upwards pointing at midlength of cerci. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Mostly standing and often temporary waters, but also streams, in open landscapes. Often with emergent and usually aquatic vegetation, notably floating Pistia. From 0 to 1700 m above sea level.


confirmed: Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; South Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; NOT confirmed: Sudan

© Jens Kipping

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.


  • Ris, F. (1924). XIX Odonata. In Alfken, J. D., et al., Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der mit Unterstützung der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien aus der Erbschaft Treitl. von F. Werner untemommenen zoologischen Expedition nach dem Anglo-Aegyptischen Sudan (Kordofan) 1914. Denkschriften Akademie Wissenschaften Wien, 99, 275-282.
  • Fraser, F.C. (1941). New African species of Ceriagrion (Odonata). Proceedings Royal Entomological Soc London, 10, 61-66. [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].