Ceriagrion whellani Longfield, 1952
Yellow-faced Citril

Type locality: Chibudzana river, Zimbabwe


Male is similar to C. corallinum by (a) green head and thorax; (b) Abd orange to red; (c) S10 without apical processes; (d) penis with rounded apex and rounded lateral lobes; (e) paraprocts with distinct angular heel. However, differs by (1) labrum yellow rather than green to blue; (2) wings often washed yellow rather than clear; (3) penis with small, rather than large, lateral lobes; (4) cerci narrow, rather than broad, without internal tooth; (5) paraprocts reach as far as tips of cerci. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and often temporary waters in open areas in forest, but sometimes also in open landscapes or shaded by gallery forest. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 1900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Angola; Côte d'Ivoire; Cameroon; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Kenya; Liberia; Republic of Guinea; Sierra Leone; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Botswana; Central African Republic; Ghana; Tanzania

Male © Jens Kipping

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):

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, Negage © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Upemba National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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  • 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]
  • Fraser, F.C. (1955). New species and new additions to the Odonata of the Belgian Congo. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 51, 33-43. [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]
  • 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/ [2024-05-22].