Orthetrum balteatum

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Speckled skimmer
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Orthetrum
Species: O. balteatum
Binomial name
Orthetrum balteatum
Lieftinck, 1933[2]
Orthetrum balteatum distribution map.svg

Orthetrum balteatum is a freshwater dragonfly species in the family Libellulidae,[3][4] present in northern Australia and New Guinea.[1] Kalkman, V. 2009. Orthetrum balteatum. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 21 May 2013.</ref> The common name for this species is speckled skimmer.[5]

Orthetrum balteatum is a medium-sized, black dragonfly with yellow markings. The sides of its body are dark,[6] and it has clear wings without any coloured markings.[5]


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  1. ^ a b Dow, R.A. (2017). "Orthetrum balteatum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T163903A87528450. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T163903A87528450.en. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Lieftinck, M.A. (1933). "The dragonflies (Odonata) of New Guinea and neighbouring islands Part II. Descriptions of a new genus and species of Platycneminae (Agrionidae) and of new Libellulidae". Nova Guinea (Zoologie). 1: 1–66 [63]. 
  3. ^ "Species Orthetrum balteatum Lieftinck, 1933". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Schorr, Martin; Paulson, Dennis. "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History. University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Günther Theischinger, John Hawking (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0-643-09073-8. 
  6. ^ Watson, J.A.L.; Theischinger, G.; Abbey, H.M. (1991). The Australian Dragonflies: A Guide to the Identification, Distributions and Habitats of Australian Odonata. Melbourne: CSIRO. ISBN 0643051368.