Ceriagrion bakeri Fraser, 1941
Blue-fronted Citril

Type locality: Patiko, Gulu District, Uganda


Male is similar to C. corallinum and C. whellani by (a) being widespread; (b) part of the glabrum-group: Pt elongate, anterior border about as long as posterior, yellow, brown or grey, sometimes tinged red; (c) S10 without processes, sometimes border of apical excision evenly set with small denticles; (d) cerci at most slightly longer than paraprocts, with at most small tooth near apex. However, differs by (1) head and thorax blue rather than green; (2) penis with pointed apex (ventral view) and pointed finger-like lateral lobes (lateral view); (3) paraprocts without distinct heel. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters in open areas in forest. Usually with emergent vegetation, especially flooded grasses or sedges. From 0 to 1500 m above sea level, but mostly below 600.


confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; Ghana; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; NOT confirmed: Angola; Guinee-Bissau; Senegal

Male © Nicolas Meziere

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; Liberia, Nimba County, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Liberia, Nimba County, East Nimba Nature Reserve © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Fraser, F.C. (1941). New African species of Ceriagrion (Odonata). Proceedings Royal Entomological Soc London Serie B, 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]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1962). New or little-known dragonflies (Odonata) of Central and Southern Africa. Occasional Papers National Museum Southern Rhodesia, 26, 892-911. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-05-29].