Orange-spotted emerald

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Orange-spotted emerald
Oxygastra curtisii.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Corduliidae
Genus: Oxygastra
Species: O. curtisii
Binomial name
Oxygastra curtisii
(Dale, 1834)

The orange-spotted emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) is a dragonfly in the family Corduliidae. It is the only species in its genus.[2]

The orange-spotted emerald is about 53 millimetres (2.1 in) long. It has bright green eyes and a bronzy-green body with yellow spots along the top of the abdomen. The last segment of the abdomen (S10) has a prominent yellow mark on the upper surface.[3]

The species occurs in much of Europe but is regionally extinct in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Its habitat is slow flowing streams, pools and ponds.[1]

Status in Britain[edit]

This species was only ever known from two areas in southern England, one around the River Stour and Moors River in east Dorset, where the species was recorded from 1820 to 1963, and the other on the River Tamar in Devon where the species was recorded in 1946 only.


  1. ^ a b Boudot, J.-P., Riservato, E. & Hardersen, S. (2006). "Oxygastra curtisii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Martin Schorr; Martin Lindeboom; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Oxygastra curtisii". British Dragonfly Society. Retrieved 28 May 2011.