Tasmanian darner

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Tasmanian darner
Austroaeschna tasmanica 2.jpg
Female
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Telephlebiidae
Genus: Austroaeschna
Species: A. tasmanica
Binomial name
Austroaeschna tasmanica
Tillyard, 1916[1][2]
Austroaeschna tasmanica distribution map.svg

The Tasmanian darner, (Austroaeschna tasmanica), is a species of large dragonfly in the family Telephlebiidae,[1] which includes some of the world's largest dragonflies. It is found in Tasmania, Australia.[3] The species was first described by Robert Tillyard in 1916 and inhabits streams and rivers.[4]

Also referred to as "hawkers", the name "darner" derives from the fact that the female abdomens look like a sewing needle, as they cut into plant stem when they lay their eggs through the ovipositor.

The Tasmanian darner is a stout, dark dragonfly with a very dark colouring and light markings. It appears similar to the lesser Tasmanian darner, Austroaeschna hardyi.[4]

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