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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum)

• English name: Small Red Damsel
• German name: Zarte Rubinjungfer
• French name: Agrion délicat
• Dutch name: Koraaljuffer
• Swedish name: Mindre blodflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Scintilla zamperosse
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Rdeči voščenec
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum)

Distribution map Ceriagrion tenellum

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a small species with red eyes and a red abdomen which is most common in Southern Europe
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Scientific name Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Habitat • small streams but also lakes and bogs
Dimensions • typical body length: 25-35 mm; hindwing: 15-21 mm
Both sexesThorax• the antehumeral stripe is very narrow or even absent
 Legs➤ the legs are (fleshy) red
MaleHead• the eyes are red
 Abdomen➤ compared to C. georgifreyi the lower appendages are stubbier and the tip of S10 lacks a row of black spines
 Wings• the pterostigma is uniformly red
FemaleHead• the eyes are brown
 Thorax➤ compared to C. georgifreyi the two upright lobes just behind the hind margin of the pronotum are low and inconspicuous
 Abdomen• the amount of red on the abdomen may be very limited or even absent (as it is in the form melanogastrum)
 Wings• the pterostigma is uniformly brown
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany and the South of Italy

Ceriagrion georgifreyi (left) and C. tenellum (right); abdomen, male
Note: Scanning electron micrographs © V. Kalkman.
Reproduced here with the author's permission.

Ceriagrion tenellum (left) and C. georgifreyi (right); thorax, female
Note: in C. georgifreyi the two upright lobes are high and conspicuous.

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da143 10/08/2008 11:58 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum f. melanogastrum) ♀

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum) ♂

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum f. typica) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: Da146 25/06/2009 15:01 Italy F5.6 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum f. melanogastrum) ♀

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum) ♂

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Da149 14/07/2016 13:19 Italy F9 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum f. typica) ♀

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum) ♂

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum) ♂

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum f. typica) ♀

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum) ♂

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum) ♂

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum f. melanogastrum) ♀

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Agrion délicat (Ceriagrion tenellum f. typica) ♀

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