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

Hemiphlebia mirabilis

Major Group: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Hemiphlebiidae
Genus: Hemiphlebia
Species: mirabilis
This family is represented in Australia by a single genus, Hemiphlebia mirabilis.

Descriptive Features:

  • slender body, pale to dark greyish brown
  • antennae bare, 7-segmented
  • median lobe of labium with elongate curved processes (paraglossae), with strong seta near base of each
  • legs strongly banded with darker grey, femora with at least 2 conspicuous dark bands
  • caudal gills flat, entire, held with edges uppermost, basal fracture line very well defined; main tracheal trunks central, branch tracheae oblique with few branches
  • Total length: up to 18 mm

    Hemiphlebia mirabilis

    Hemiphlebia mirabilis 

    Hemiphlebia mirabilis

    Taxonomic Checklist:
    Hemiphlebiia mirabilis Selys, 1869

    Distribution: SE Vic; this species has only been recorded from Wilsons Promotory National Park.

    Sensitivity Rating: none

    Functional Feeding Group: predators


    Kings Lake, Mildura Vic

    Ecology: Adults are commonly known as 'greenlings'.
    Instream habitat: Hemiphlebiia nymphs occur in permanent ponds and swamps.
    Feeding ecology: Nymphs are predators on a wide range of small invertebrates.
    Life history: Females probably insert eggs into aquatic vegetation. Eggs may be able to withstand drought. Adults are present from late November to late February. Hemiphlebia mirabilis is univoltine.


    Information Sources: Sant & New 1988, Houston 1988, Houston & Watson 1999, Silsby 2001, Birkin et al. 1993, Theischinger & Hawking 2006