Ceriagrion mourae Pinhey, 1969
East Coast Citril

Type locality: Mamunge, Mozambique


Poorly known, but male is probably typical of suave-complex of genus by (a) the moderate size, Hw 17-23 mm; (b) greenish eyes with maturity; (c) rather dull orange to brown dorsa of the head and thorax; (d) uniformly orange to red abdomen; (e) apically pointed penis with finger-like lateral lobes; (f) no toothed processes on the apical border of S10; and (g) paraprocts that barely reach beyond the cerci. However, (1) known only from the coastal plain of Mozambique and Tanzania; (2) has 10 rather than 12-14 Px in Fw; (3) rectangular rather than trapezoidal Pt; (4) inner border of cerci distinctly angled, approximately at midlength (dorsal view); (5) paraprocts with scarcely developed, obtuse, rather than triangular, heel. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]

Habitat description

Not known well, but probably standing and often temporary waters shaded by gallery forest or in open landscapes. Possibly with emergent vegetation and often a sandy bottom. Inferred to occur from 0 to 400 m above sea level.


confirmed: Mozambique; Tanzania

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. (1969). Two new species of Zygoptera (Odonata). Novos Taxa Entomologicos, 66,1-7. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-05-26].