This damselfly species has six subspecies. The following are the subspecies.
- Prodasineura verticalis andamanensis (Andaman and Nicobar Islands)
- Prodasineura verticalis annandalei (South India)
- Prodasineura verticalis burmanensis
- Prodasineura verticalis delia
- Prodasineura verticalis humeralis (often treated as a distinct species)
- Prodasineura verticalis verticalis
Description and habitat
It is medium size damselfly with black-capped brown eyes. Its hindwings are about 19–20 mm and the abdomen about 30 mm. The male of this damselfly is mostly black with red and yellow stripes on its thorax and small yellow spots on the abdomen. The pterostigma or the wing spot is diamond-shaped and is dark brown in colour. Abdomen is black with segments 3 to 6 have small base-dorsal yellow spots. Remaining segments are unmarked. The female is similarly marked to the male; but the thoracic stripes are paler and more yellowish.
They are commonly found along the banks of large ponds and rivers, usually sitting among emergent water plants. The oviposition takes place on vegetation or on submerged roots in shallow running water, with the pair in tandem.
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