Crimson marsh glider

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Trithemis aurora
Trithemis aurora male by kadavoor.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Trithemis
Species: T. aurora
Binomial name
Trithemis aurora
(Burmeister, 1839)

Trithemis aurora, the crimson marsh glider, is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. It is a medium-sized dragonfly that is commonly found in weedy tanks and ponds, marshes, channels, and slow flowing streams and rivers in the lowlands and mid-hills. It breeds in streams, rivers, canals, ponds and tanks. It is found commonly and widely distributed in the Oriental region throughout the year.[1]


The male of the species is distinctly different from the female. The male has a reddish-brown face, with eyes that are crimson above and brown on the sides. The thorax is red with a fine, purple pruinescence. The abdomen, the base of which is swollen, is crimson with a violet tinge. The wings are transparent with crimson venation and the base has a broad amber patch. The wing spots are a dark reddish-brown and the legs are black[2][3][4]

The female has an olivaceous or bright reddish-brown face with eyes that are purplish-brown above and grey below. The thorax is olivaceous with brown median and black lateral stripes. The abdomen is reddish-brown with median and lateral black markings. The black markings are confluent at the end of each segment and enclose a reddish-brown spot. The wings are transparent with brown tips. The venation is bright yellow to brown and basal amber markings are pale. The wing spots are a dark brown and the lags are dark grey with narrow yellow stripes[5][2][3][4]

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  1. ^ a b Subramanian, K.A. & Dow, R.A. (2010). "Trithemis aurora". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2010: e.T167395A6341159. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T167395A6341159.en. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b 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. 
  3. ^ a b "Trithemis aurora Burmeister, 1839". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Trithemis aurora Burmeister, 1839". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  5. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India (PDF). 

External links[edit]

Data related to Trithemis aurora at Wikispecies

Media related to Trithemis aurora at Wikimedia Commons