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
- 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
- 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.
- 1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991,
- 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,
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