Orthetrum sabina

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Orthetrum sabina
Green Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum sabina), Burdwan, West Bengal, India 22 09 2012.JPG
Orthetrum sabina male, Burdwan, West Bengal, India.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Orthetrum
Species: O. sabina
Binomial name
Orthetrum sabina
(Drury, 1770)[2]
  • Lepthemis divisa Selys, 1878
  • Libellua leptura Burmeister, 1839
  • Libellula ampullacea Schneider, 1845
  • Libellula gibba Fabricius, 1798
  • Libellula sabina Drury, 1770
  • Orthetrum nigrescens Bartenev, 1929
  • Orthetrum viduatum Lieftinck, 1942

Orthetrum sabina, the slender skimmer [1] or green marsh hawk,[3] is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae.[4][5] It is widespread, being found from southeastern Europe and North Africa to Japan and south to Australia and Micronesia.[6] Adults are grayish to greenish yellow with black and pale markings. It is very similar to Orthetrum serapia in appearance, with both species appearing in northern Australia. Pale markings on segment four of the abdomen do not extend into the posterior section when viewed from above on Orthetrum sabina. It is medium-sized with a wingspan of 60-85mm.[1][7] This dragonfly perches motionless on shrubs and dry twigs for long periods. It voraciously preys on smaller butterflies and dragonflies.[8][9][10]


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  1. ^ a b c Mitra, A. (2013). "Orthetrum sabina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T165470A17533255. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T165470A17533255.en. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Drury, D. (1770). Illustrations of Natural History; wherein are exhibited upwards of two hundred and forty figures of exotic insects according to their genera. London: White. pp. 130 [114]. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.61910. 
  3. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Species Orthetrum sabina (Drury, 1770)". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Schorr, Martin; Paulson, Dennis. "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History. University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  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. p. 278. ISBN 0643051368. 
  7. ^ Theischinger, G; Hawking, J (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. Collingwood Vic.: CSIRO Publishing. p. 268. ISBN 978 0 64309 073 6. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Orthetrum sabina Drury, 1773". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  10. ^ "Orthetrum sabina Drury, 1773". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 

External links[edit]

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Data related to Orthetrum sabina at Wikispecies