Ceriagrion sakejii Pinhey, 1963
Type locality: Mwinilunga, Zambia
Male is typical of suave-complex of genus by (a) the moderate size, Hw 17-23 mm; (b) greenish eyes with maturity; (c) uniformly orange to red abdomen; (e) apically pointed penis; (f) no toothed processes on the apical border of S10; and (g) paraprocts that do not reach beyond the cerci and that have a fairly distinct angular heel ventrally. Easily distinguished by (1) being confined to boggy habitat from N Zambia to Katanga and Angola; (2) the thorax with distinct blackish dots in the humeral and metapleural fossae and a sharp contrast between the warm orange brown dorsum and creamish sides; (3) the penis with finger-like lateral lobes, rather like C. bakeri; (4) the dorsal excision of S10 with pale and somewhat thickened and raised borders that bear a distinct gap between them medially; and (5) the notably short cerci that appear almost round in dorsal view. [Adapted from Dijkstra, Kipping & Mézière 2015]
Standing waters in open landscapes. Usually boggy, often with emergent vegetation. From 1100 to 1700 m above sea level, but possibly down to 800.
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. (1963). Notes on both sexes of some tropical species of Ceriagrion Selys (Odonata). Annals Magazine Natural History Series 13, 6, 17-28. [PDF file]
- Pinhey, E.C.G. (1967). Odonata Zygoptera. Exploration Hydrobiologique Bassin Lac Bangweolo Luapula, 14, 1-43. [PDF file]
Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2023-12-12].