Metallic ringtail

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Metallic ringtail
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Austrolestes
Species: A. cingulatus
Binomial name
Austrolestes cingulatus
(Burmeister, 1839)[1]

The metallic ringtail (Austrolestes cingulatus) is an Australian damselfly in the family Lestidae,[2] It is widely distributed in Tasmania, Victoria and eastern New South Wales.[3] It is a thin, medium-sized damselfly with a green and gold or bluish green and gold coloration. Each abdominal segment is marked by a pale "ring"; this, combined with its glossy metallic coloration, give it its common name of metallic ringtail.

It is active through October to March in still-water bodies such as rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps, and alpine bogs, being usually found amongst vegetation.

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  1. ^ Burmeister, Hermann (1839). Handbuch der Entomologie (in Latin and German). Berlin: T.C.F. Enslin. pp. 805-862 [823] – via Biodiversity Heritage Library. 
  2. ^ "Species Austrolestes cingulatus (Burmeister, 1839)". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Theischinger, Gunther; Endersby, Ian (2009). Identification Guide to the Australian Odonata (PDF). Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW. p. 205. ISBN 978 1 74232 475 3. 
  • Günther Theischinger, John Hawking (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0-643-09073-8.