Acisoma panorpoides

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Acisoma panorpoides
Trumpet tail (Acisoma panorpoides panorpoides) male S.jpg
Male, Singapore
Acisoma panorpoides female by kadavoor.jpg
Scientific classification
A. panorpoides
Binomial name
Acisoma panorpoides
Rambur, 1842

Acisoma panorpoides,[2] the Asian pintail,[3] trumpet tail,[4] or grizzled pintail,[1] is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae.


It is widespread in Asia, from the Indian subcontinent to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.[3][1][5]


It is a small dragonfly with blue eyes. Its thorax is azure-blue marbled with black to form a beautiful pattern on the dorsum and the sides. Abdomen is azure-blue, marked with black. Segments 1 to 5 have sutures finely and ventral borders more broadly black. There is a dorsal stripe which broadens at the jugal sutures and apical borders of segments. There is a speckled stripe on sub-dorsum of segments 1 to 4. There is a large ventro-lateral spot on each of segments 3 to 5. Segments 6 and 7 are black with a large spot of blue on each side. Segments 8 to 10 are entirely black. Anal appendages are bluish-white. Female is similar to the male; but with greenish-yellow eyes, thorax and abdominal segments up to 5.[6]

The characteristic shape of the abdomen will serve to distinguish this species from other Libellulidae.[6]


It is found in subtropical or tropical swampy or marshy habitats.[3] It has a very weak and short flight and keeps close to the herbage and reeds in the heavily weeded ponds and lakes where it breeds.[6][7][8][4]

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  1. ^ a b c Clausnitzer, V. & Suhling, F. (2018). "Acisoma panorpoides". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2018: e.T56259873A56260502.
  2. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 Oct 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Mens, Lotte P.; Schütte, Kai; Stokvis, Frank R.; Dijkstra, Klaas-Douwe B. (2016). "Six, not two, species of Acisoma pintail dragonfly (Odonata: Libellulidae)". Zootaxa. 4109 (2): 153. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4109.2.3. ISSN 1175-5334.
  4. ^ a b "Acisoma panorpoides Rambur, 1842 – Trumpet-Tail". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  5. ^ K.A., Subramanian; K.G., Emiliyamma; R., Babu; C., Radhakrishnan; S.S., Talmale (2018). Atlas of Odonata (Insecta) of the Western Ghats, India. Zoological Survey of India. pp. 302–303. ISBN 9788181714954.
  6. ^ a b c C FC Lt. Fraser (1936). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, Odonata Vol. III. Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 330-331.
  7. ^ C FC Lt. Fraser (1924). A Survey of the Odonate (Dragonfly) Fauna of Western India and Descriptions of Thirty New Species (PDF). p. 434.
  8. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India - A Field Guide.

External links[edit]

Data related to Acisoma panorpoides at Wikispecies

Media related to Acisoma panorpoides at Wikimedia Commons