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 Major Groups | Insecta (insects) | Odonata (dragonflies, damselflies) | Corduliidae


Major Group: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Corduliidae

Descriptive Features:

  • broad bodied
  • labium spoon-shaped, palps broad, covering face,
  • distal margins of labium variably crenulate or dentate, crenations and teeth with or without setae
  • prementum and palps with major setae, median lobe entire
  • basal segments of antennae sparsely haired
  • middorsal hooks present or absent
  • lateral spine on abdominal segment 9 not longer than middorsal length of that segment
  • Total length: approx. 18mm
  • Pentathemis membranulata 

    Pentathemis membranulata

    Taxonomic Checklist: Genera

    Distribution: Australia wide

    Sensitivity Rating: SIGNAL grade 5

    Functional Feeding Group: predators


    Black Jungle Springs, Kakadu NP NT

    Ecology: Adults are commonly known as 'emeralds'.
    Instream habitat: Pentathemis larvae occur in lentic and lotic waters such as streams, rivers, riverine lagoons and possibly ponds.
    Feeding ecology: Larvae are predators.
    Life history:


    Information Sources: Thesichinger & Endersby 2009, Houston 1988, Theischinger 2007, Theischinger & Hawking 2006


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