Orthetrum glaucum

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Orthetrum glaucum
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Orthetrum
O. glaucum
Binomial name
Orthetrum glaucum
(Brauer, 1865)
  • Orthetrum gangi Sahni, 1965
  • Orthetrum nicevillei Kirby, 1894

Orthetrum glaucum[2] is an Asian dragonfly species, common across much of tropical and subtropical Asia. The common name for this species is blue marsh hawk.[1][3][4][5][6]

Description and habitat[edit]

It is a medium sized dragonfly with dark face and greenish blue eyes. The thorax of old males are dark blue due to pruinescence. Its wings are transparent with dark amber-yellow tint in the extreme base. Its abdomen is pruinosed with blue color up to segment 8; last two segments are black. It breeds in marshes associated with forest streams, plantations and canals.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Dow, R.A. (2009). "Orthetrum glaucum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2009: e.T163780A5650496. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T163780A5650496.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. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India (PDF).
  4. ^ "Orthetrum glaucum Brauer, 1865". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  5. ^ "Orthetrum glaucum Brauer, 1865". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  6. ^ 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. pp. 351–352. ISBN 9788181714954.
  7. ^ 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. 307-309.
  8. ^ C FC Lt. Fraser (1924). A Survey of the Odonate (Dragonfly) Fauna of Western India and Descriptions of Thirty New Species (PDF). p. 433.