Phenes raptor

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Phenes raptor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Petaluridae
Genus: Phenes
Species: P. raptor
Binomial name
Phenes raptor
Rambur, 1842[2]

Phenes raptor is a species of dragonfly from Chile[3] and other parts of South America.[4] Larvae specimen have been collected along the Malleco River and additionally from a farm mill, whereas an adult specimen has been collected from additional sites in Chile. Phenes raptor is a predator, and it is the physically largest dragonfly in Chile.[5]

Phenes raptor is the only member of its genus.[2]


The body of Phenes raptor is part of a group of Odonata with similar features, nicknamed the Odonata of Chile.[3] These measure approximately 35–52 mm for its hindwings. They tend to have thin yet stubby bodies, tinted lightly yellow. Their faces are black, with a thin crossbar above its mouth, while its eyes are set widely apart, and the eyes are eventually joined by a point or dot near the center of its face. The male Phenes raptor has small anal appendages (more commonly known as tails), with three to four 4-celled triangles, which includes a small notch towards the tip of the appendage. Veins connect the anus and the hindwings. The females do not have any veins connecting their stigma to another area of their anatomy. Their wings are not symmetrically formed and often have a forewing triangle which is divided into two to three cells and a few dots bordering the edge of the wing. The specimen's frons is well developed and has a longitudinal groove which slightly parted the frons. The abdomen has patterns on it, described as "leaf-like". Some specimens have small, red claws which are mainly retracted. The red thorax has two yellow stripes and is covered in small, white hairs.


  1. ^ von Ellenrieder, N. & Paulson, D. (2007). "Phenes raptor". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2007: e.T63231A12641662. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T63231A12641662.en. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Martin Schorr; Martin Lindeboom; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b Needham, James G. "Full text of "The Odonata of Chile"". Illinois: THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  4. ^ "ITIS Standard Report Page: Phenes raptor". Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Phenes raptor (Petaluridae)". Chile: Retrieved 2 January 2010.