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SYNTHEMISTIDAE - Tigertail Dragonflies

The members in this family are commonly called Tigertails. They are also known as the Southern Emeralds. This is a ancient family and still has some representatives in Australia and New Guinea. The dragonflies are corduliid-like and sometimes treated as a subfamily of CORDULIIDAE. Most of them are small in size and with narrow abdomens. 


 
Yellow-tipped Tigertail, Slender Tigertail
 
Choristhemis flavoterminata, female, body length 47mm
The dragonfly is metallic black with yellow in colour. Wings are clear with light brown colour. The abdomen is as narrow as a damselfly. There is the yellow spot on end as the tail light.  Its eye is emerald. They can be easily found near Moolabin Creek and Oxley Creek in Brisbane. They fly slowing and usually glide about two to three meters about ground near the creek.. More information on the Yellow-tipped Tigertail page.
 
 
Royal Tigertail
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Parasynthemis regina, male, body length 55mm
The dragonfly is black in colour with yellow patterns, the typical Tigertail colours. It has the board central yellow stripe on the front of thorax and board yellow band on 7th abdominal segment. We have more information and pictures in this page.
 

Reference:
1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p228.
2. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p69.
3. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p196. 

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Last updated: February 10, 2008.