Scarlet skimmer

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Scarlet skimmer
Crocothemis servilia male by kadavoor.jpg
C. s. servilia, male
Scarlet skimmer, Keitakuen, Osaka II.jpg
C. s. mariannae, male
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Crocothemis
Species: C. servilia
Binomial name
Crocothemis servilia
(Drury, 1773)
  • Libellula ferruginea Fabricius, 1793
  • Libellula servilia Drury, 1773
  • Libellula soror Rambur, 1842

The scarlet skimmer[1][2] or ruddy marsh skimmer,[3] Crocothemis servilia,[4][1] is a species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native to east and southeast Asia and introduced to Jamaica, Florida, and Hawaii.[1]

It is a medium sized blood red dragonfly with a thin black line along the mid-dorsal abdomen. It breeds in ponds, ditches, marshes, open swamps and rice fields.[1][5][6][3][2]

There are two known subspecies; Crocothemis servilia servilia Drury, 1773[7] and Crocothemis servilia mariannae Kiauta, 1983.[8] C. s. mariannae lacks the mid-dorsal black stripe.


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  1. ^ a b c d e Dow, R.A. (2013). "Crocothemis servilia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T163607A14897503. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Crocothemis servilia Drury, 1773". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Crocothemis servilia Drury, 1773". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  4. ^ "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India - A Field Guide. 
  7. ^ "Crocothemis servilia Drury, 1773". Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Crocothemis servilia mariannae Kiauta". Retrieved 17 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Data related to Crocothemis servilia at Wikispecies

Media related to Crocothemis servilia at Wikimedia Commons