Rhyothemis graphiptera

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Rhyothemis graphiptera
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Male, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Rhyothemis
R. graphiptera
Binomial name
Rhyothemis graphiptera
(Rambur, 1842)[2]
Rhyothemis graphiptera distribution map.svg

Rhyothemis graphiptera, known as the graphic flutterer[3] or banded flutterer, is a species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae.[4][5] It is found across northern Australia, the Moluccas, New Guinea and New Caledonia. Rhyothemis extends from Africa to the western Pacific.[6]

The flight of the genus Rhyothemis is usually fluttering. Rhyothemis graphiptera, a medium-sized dragonfly (wingspan 70mm, length 35mm), inhabits lagoons, lakes, ponds and swamps. The abdomen is dark and the wings are brownish-yellow with dark mottled markings.[3] The taxon has been assessed for the IUCN Red List as being of least concern, and is noted in the Catalog of Life.[7]


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  1. ^ Dow, R.A. (2017). "Rhyothemis graphiptera". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T83370076A83383928. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T83370076A83383928.en.
  2. ^ Rambur, Jules (1842). Histoire naturelle des insectes. Névroptères (in French). Paris: Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret. pp. 534 [45] – via Gallica.
  3. ^ a b Theischinger, Gunther; Hawking, John (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. Collingwood Vic.: CSIRO. p. 286. ISBN 0643090738.
  4. ^ "Species Rhyothemis graphiptera (Rambur, 1842)". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  5. ^ Schorr, Martin; Paulson, Dennis. "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History. University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 2 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. ^ Rhyothemis graphiptera