Macromia annaimallaiensis

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Macromia annaimallaiensis
from Thattekkad, Kerala
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Macromiidae
Genus: Macromia
M. annaimallaiensis
Binomial name
Macromia annaimallaiensis
Fraser, 1931

Macromia annaimallaiensis[2] is a species of dragonfly in the family Macromiidae. It is an endemic dragonfly and found only in Western Ghats in South India, south of Palakkad Gap.[3]

Description and habitat[edit]

It is a medium sized dragonfly with emerald-green eyes. Its thorax is reddish-brown, with a dark green metallic reflex. There is a narrow oblique stripe on each side in citron-yellow. Abdomen is black, with the yellow annules narrower compared to Macromia indica. Segment 2 has a very narrow sub-basal annule which is broadly interrupted each side sub-dorsally. Segment 3 has a narrow annule. Segments 4 and 5 have a pair of small dorsal spots at the jugal suture. Segment 6 usually unmarked. Segment 7 has a basal annule. Segments 8 and 9 are unmarked. Segment 10 has a mid-dorsal carina as in Macromia indica. Anal appendages are black.[4]

It can be distinguished from M. indica by the very different markings of abdomen. These abdominal markings are similar to those of M. ellisoni; but that insect has a well-marked citron-yellow humeral stripe which is very narrow here.[4]

It is commonly found hawking on the banks of rivers south of Palakkad Gap. It breeds in hill streams.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Subramanian, K.A. (2011). "Macromia annaimallaiensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T175159A7115168. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-1.RLTS.T175159A7115168.en. Retrieved 19 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. ^ 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. p. 283. ISBN 9788181714954.
  4. ^ a b c 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. pp. 168-169.
  5. ^ 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. 452–453.