Dragonfly Guide

Ceriagrion georgifreyi

Schmidt, 1953

Turkish red damsel

Ceriagrion georgifreyi
Ceriagrion georgifreyi, Turkey
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Ceriagrion georgifreyi has variously been considered a subspecies of C. tenellum or a distinctive species, but is now recognised as a full species. It is slightly larger than C. tenellum but otherwise practivcally identical in general appearance, colouration and pattern. Also, the male of C. georgifreyi's lower abdomal segment is more slender and the apex of the last abdominal segment is raised and has a crown of tiny black spines. The females of C. georgifreyi differ from C. tenellum in the protonum, they have raised vertical lobes on the thorax behind the rear margin of the protonum.



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Distribution map. Data from gbif.org

Not endemic, but in Europe it is only known from three Greek islands; Kerkyra, Thasos and Zakynthos. From each, only a single record is available. It is believed the species could be present on Lesbos and mainland Greece, but being confused with C. tenellum. Apart from Greece, it has been recorded in Israel, Syria and Turkey.


Poorly known and there are no detailed accounts of the habitats in Europe. On the Turkish south coast, the species is found at slowly flowing, muddy streams and at the grassy and marshy margins of mostly small standing waters. Spikerushes and water parsnip might be related to breeding localities. The species only occurs at low altitudes.


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