Ceriagrion tricrenaticeps Legrand, 1984
Fiery Citril

Type locality: Makokou, M'passa, Gabon


Male is not particularly close to other Ceriagrion species except C. citrinum (see diagnosis), although shares with many (a) elongate Pt, anterior border about as long as posterior; (b) paraprocts with distinct heel; (c) apex of S10 without denticulates processes. Diagnostic are (1) occurs in forested setting from DRC to W Africa; (2) labrum with transverse ridge-like fold; (3) face bright orange and thorax deep orange; (4) Abd deep red, rather than yellow to orange-red; (4) penis with paddle-shaped lateral lobes, rather than pointed or finger-like; (5) paraprocts reach well beyond tips of cerci. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing waters in open areas in forest, but sometimes shaded. Often with a soft (like muddy) bottom and usually emergent and probably aquatic vegetation and/or submerged roots. From 0 to 700 m above sea level.


confirmed: Cameroon; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Liberia; Nigeria

Male © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Penis (lateral view)

Face (frontal view)

Face (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, Old Buta Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Pair; Liberia, Grand Gedeh County, Putu Iron Ore Mining concession © Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & A. Dayeker


  • Legrand, J. (1984). Trois nouveaux Zygopteres forestiers du Gabon Orientale et une synonymie nouvelle (Chlorocyphidae, Protoneuridae, Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica 13, 237-244. [PDF file]
  • D' Andrea, M., and Carfi, S. (1997). Nuove raccolte di odonati del Camerun con note su Agriocnemis maclachlani Selys, 1877 descrizione di Agriocnemis dissimilis sp. nov. e Trithemis osvaldae sp. nov. Atti Societa italiana Scienze naturali, 136, 157-190. [PDF file]

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