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This article is about the dragonfly genus. For the subcellular structural component of some phytoplankton, see Frustule § Thecae.
Dragonfly ran-4748 Epitheca cynosura.jpg
Common baskettail
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Corduliidae
Genus: Epitheca
Burmeister, 1839

Epitheca is a genus of dragonflies in the family Corduliidae. They are commonly known as baskettails.

Some authorities spin off the North American baskettails into two new genera, Epicordulia and Tetragoneuria, but this has not gained widespread acceptance and most references place them under this genus.[1]


The genus contains the following species:[2]


  1. ^ Garrison, Rosser W.; von Ellenrieder, Natalia; Louton, Jerry A. (2006). Dragonfly Genera of the New World. The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 157. ISBN 0-8018-8446-2. 
  2. ^ Martin Schorr; Martin Lindeboom; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 11 August 2010.