Neurothemis fulvia

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Fulvous forest skimmer
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Neurothemis
Species: N. fulvia
Binomial name
Neurothemis fulvia
(Drury, 1773)
  • Libellula apicalis Guerin-Meneville, 1838
  • Polyneura sophronia Rambur, 1842

Neurothemis fulvia,[2][1] the fulvous forest skimmer,[3][4] is a species of dragonfly found in Asia.[1]


It is a medium-sized rusty dragonfly with transparent wing tips. Male has a reddish-brown face with eyes which are dark reddish brown above, golden brown below. Thorax, abdomen and legs are reddish brown. Wings are dark reddish brown with an irregular triangular transparent area at the tip of the wing. The wing spots are dark reddish brown. Many forms of females are found. Color of head, thorax and abdomen paler than males or rusty brown. Wings are clear amber yellow with a dark ray extending to the tip in fore wing. Many of them have an irregular triangular transparent area at the tip of the wing. The wings vary in size, shape, width and coloration. The clear uncoloured apices of wings will help to distinguish it from other red Asian dragonflies.[5][6][3][4]

Distribution and Habitat[edit]

Orthetrum sabina feeding Neurothemis fulvia

It is a dragonfly of wet forests. Usually perches on fallen logs and shrubs. A large number of them can be found together in canopy gaps and forest edges. However, during the wet season, they move out of forested areas to non-forested bits.[5][6] It breeds in marshes associated with forest streams and rivers. They are found throughout the year. However, large number can be seen between May-September.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mitra, A. (2010). "Neurothemis fulvia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2010: e.T167275A6321268. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  2. ^ "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Neurothemis fulvia Drury, 1773". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Neurothemis fulvia Drury, 1773". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b c Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India - A Field Guide. 

External links[edit]

Data related to Crocothemis servilia at Wikispecies

Media related to Crocothemis servilia at Wikimedia Commons