Esme mudiensis

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Esme mudiensis
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Platycnemididae
Subfamily: Disparoneurinae
Genus: Esme
E. mudiensis
Binomial name
Esme mudiensis
Fraser, 1931

Esme mudiensis[2][1] is a damselfly in the family Platycnemididae. It is commonly known as the Travancore bambootail.[3] It is endemic to the Western Ghats in India, particularly south of Palakkad Gap.[1][4]

Description and habitat[edit]

It is a medium-sized damselfly with black-capped blue eyes. Its thorax is velvet-black on the dorsum and azure blue on the sides. The dorsum is marked with narrow ante-humeral blue stripes, and there is another moderately broad black stripe over the postero-lateral suture. The base of the sides is pale blue. Wings are transparent with black and diamond shaped pterostigma. The abdomen is black, marked with azure blue on segment 1 and 2. Segments 3 to 6 have very narrow baso-dorsal annules. Segments 8 to 10 are blue. There is a narrow black basal annule on segment 8. The ventral borders of all segments are broadly black. Anal appendages are black. The female is similar to the male, but with a more robust build.[5]

It can be easily distinguished from other species of Esme by the labrum being entirely unmarked with metallic blue-black.[5]

It is usually found along hill streams, and seen perched on riparian vegetation.[5][6][7][3][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kakkasery, F. (2011). "Esme mudiensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T175170A7116857. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-1.RLTS.T175170A7116857.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ Paulson, D.; Schorr, M.; Abbott, J.; Bota-Sierra, C.; Deliry, C.; Dijkstra, K.-D.; Lozano, F. (2023). "World Odonata List". OdonataCentral, University of Alabama. Retrieved 14 Mar 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Esme mudiensis Fraser, 1931". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  4. ^ 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. 116–117. ISBN 9788181714954.
  5. ^ a b c C FC Lt. Fraser (1933). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, Odonata Vol. I. Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 264-266.
  6. ^ C FC Lt. Fraser (1931). Additions to the Survey of the Odonate (Dragonfly) Fauna of Western India, with Descriptions of Nine New Species (PDF). pp. 472–473.
  7. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India - A Field Guide.
  8. ^ "Esme mudiensis Fraser, 1931". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-03-12.

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