Orthetrum pruinosum

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Orthetrum pruinosum
Orthetrum pruinosum at Kadavoor.jpg
Orthetrum pruinosum female by kadavoor.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Orthetrum
Species: O. pruinosum
Binomial name
Orthetrum pruinosum
(Burmeister, 1839)
  • Libellula petalura Brauer, 1865
  • Orthetrum petalura Kirby, 1890

Orthetrum pruinosum, the crimson-tailed marsh hawk,[2] is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. It is a widespread species occurring from west India to Japan and south to Java and the Sunda Islands. It breeds in puddles, ponds and tanks. Three subspecies are recognized.[1][3][4][5] A molecular phylogenetics study of Orthetrum dragonflies revealed that Orthetrum pruinosum is a cryptic species.[6]


  • O. p. neglectum (mainland Asia)
  • O. p. schneideri (Malay peninsular and Borneo)
  • O. p. clelia (Philippines and Taiwan)

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  1. ^ a b Sharma, G. (2010). "Orthetrum pruinosum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2010: e.T167097A6301540. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T167097A6301540.en. 
  2. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India (PDF). 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Orthetrum pruinosum Burmeister, 1839". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Orthetrum pruinosum Burmeister, 1839". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  6. ^ Hoi Sen Yong, Phaik-Eem Lim, Ji Tan, Yong Foo Ng, Praphathip Eamsobhana & I. Wayan Suana (2014). "Molecular phylogeny of Orthetrum dragonflies reveals cryptic species of Orthetrum pruinosum". Nature (journal). Nature Publishing Group. Scientific Reports 4: Article number: 5553. doi:10.1038/srep05553.