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Petalura gigantea
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Petaluridae
Genus: Petalura
Leach, 1815[1]
Petalura distribution map.svg

Petalura is a genus of very large dragonflies in the family Petaluridae.[2] Species of Petalura are brown or black with yellow markings and usually clear wings. The anal appendages of the males are broad and leaf-like giving them their common name of petaltails.[3] They are endemic to south-western and eastern Australia.[4]


The genus includes the following species:[5]


  1. ^ Leach, William (1815). The zoological miscellany : being descriptions of new, or interesting animals. 2. London: Printed by B. McMillan for E. Nodder & Son. pp. 61–154 [95]. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.41372 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  2. ^ "Genus Petalura Leach, 1815". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Günther Theischinger; John Hawking (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0-643-09073-8.
  4. ^ Theischinger, Günther; Hawking, John (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. Collingwood, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing. p. 290. ISBN 978 0 64309 073 6.
  5. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 Oct 2018.