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Ceriagrion glabrum is a species of damselfly in the family Coenagrionidae. Its common names include common orange, common citril,[1] common pond damsel, common pond-damsel and orange waxtail. It is widespread in Africa, specifically Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.[2]

Ceriagrion glabrum
Ceriagrion glabrum male panorama.jpg
Adult male
Scientific classification
C. glabrum
Binomial name
Ceriagrion glabrum
(Burmeister, 1839)
  • Agrion ferrugineum Rambur, 1842
  • Agrion glabrum Burmeister, 1839
  • Agrion rhomboidalis Palisot de Beauvois, 1807
  • Ceriagrion glabrum longispinum Pinhey, 1963
Young adult female

Its natural habitats are rivers, intermittent rivers, marsh lands, shrub-dominated wetlands, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, and freshwater springs.

The males are orange and green coloured whilst the females range from light brown to dark brown depending on their maturity. The darkened colours in females aid in reproduction.


  1. ^ Tarboton, W.R.; Tarboton, M. (2005). A fieldguide to the damselflies of South Africa. ISBN 0620338784.
  2. ^ Suhling, F. (2009). "Ceriagrion glabrum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Retrieved 9 June 2013.