Anax guttatus

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Pale-spotted emperor
Aeshnidae - Anax guttatus.jpg
Anax guttatus from French Polynesia. Male
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Aeshnidae
Genus: Anax
Species: A. guttatus
Binomial name
Anax guttatus
(Burmeister, 1839)[2]
Anax guttatus distribution map.svg

Anax guttatus, the pale-spotted emperor or lesser green emperor, is a dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae.[4][5]


Anax guttatus is widespread from India to Japan and Australia and Pacific Ocean Islands. It is found in Northern Australia, Africa, Bangladesh, China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong, Hainan), Indonesia, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Tonga and Vanuatu.[1][6][7]


This species mainly occurs in open ponds, but also in various habitats, especially with slowly flowing or standing freshwater. It is also present in urban areas.[1]


Anax guttatus can reach a wingspan of about 11 centimetres (4.3 in) and a body length of about 8 centimetres (3.1 in). Males of these very large dragonflies have a green thorax and a dark brown abdomen with bright blue-green markings on the sides . Forewings are clear, the inner-half of the hindwings is brown, while the outer-half is clear.[8][9]

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  • Fraser, F. C. (1922) Indian dragonflies. Part XIV., Journal Bombay Natural History Society 28 (4): 899-910, figs. 1-3.
  • Lieftinck, M.A. 1954. Handlist of Malaysian Odonata. A catalogue of the dragonflies of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java and Borneo, including the adjacent small islands. Treubia 22(Supplement): i-xiii 1-202
  • Rambur, P. (1842) Histoire naturelle des insectes. Névroptères., Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret, Paris 1-534, incl. pl. 1-12.
  • Watson, J.A.L. 1973. Odonata (Dragonflies). Appendix 3 pp. 1–7 fig. 1 tables 1–4 in, Alligator Rivers Region Environmental Fact-Finding Study: Entomology. Canberra : CSIRO, Division of Entomology.
  • Wise, 1980: Records of South Pacific Dragonflies (Hexapoda: Odonata). Rec. Auckland Inst. Mus. 17:175-178, W&D79,


  1. ^ a b c Dow, R.A. (2017). "Anax guttatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T167337A48635356. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T167337A48635356.en. Retrieved 11 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Burmeister, Hermann (1839). Handbuch der Entomologie (in Latin and German). 2. Berlin: T.C.F. Enslin. pp. 805–862 [840] – via Biodiversity Heritage Library. 
  3. ^ Biolib
  4. ^ Schorr, M. and Paulson, D. 2013. World Odonata List
  5. ^ Catalogue of life
  6. ^ "Species Anax guttatus (Burmeister, 1839)". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Query Results Archived December 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Cook Islands Biodiversity Database
  9. ^ Watson, J.A.L.; Theischinger, G.; Abbey, H.M. (1991). The Australian Dragonflies: A Guide to the Identification, Distributions and Habitats of Australian Odonata. Melbourne: CSIRO. ISBN 0643051368. 

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