Ceriagrion katamborae Pinhey, 1961
White-faced Citril

Type locality: Katumbora [sic], Zambezi, Zimbabwe


Species not particularly similar to any one Ceriagrion species, however similar to most by (a) head and thorax blue, green, orange, red, brown or blackish; (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) paraprocts often with distinct heel. And its diagnostics are (1) less widespread, and ranging from N Botswana to SW Zambia; (2) dorsum of head, thorax and S3-8 often blackened, contrasting with bluish white face; (3) cerci about 2x as long as paraprocts, rather than only slightly longer, with prominent internal tooth at midlength (dorsal view). [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Mostly flowing channels in marshes, but possibly also rivers and often temporary standing waters, in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and aquatic vegetation. From 900 to 1500 m above sea level, but mostly around 1000.


confirmed: Botswana; Namibia; Zambia

Male © Jens Kipping

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (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.


  • 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]
  • Pinhey, E.C.G. (1966). Notes on African Odonata, particularly type material. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 73, 283-308. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-23].