Tetrathemis platyptera

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Tetrathemis platyptera
Tetrathemis platyptera male by kadavoor.jpg
Scientific classification
T. platyptera
Binomial name
Tetrathemis platyptera
(Sélys, 1878)
  • Tetrathemis flava Krüger, 1902
  • Tetrathemis pulchra Laidlaw, 1902

Tetrathemis platyptera,[2] pigmy skimmer,[3][4] is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. It is widespread in many Asian countries and locally common over much of its range.[1][5]

Description and habitat[edit]

It is a small dragonfly with yellow face and bluish green eyes. Its thorax and abdomen are yellow with broad black marks. Its wings are transparent, with fore-wings faintly and hind-wings broadly tinted with yellow in base. Females are similar to males.[6][7][3][4]

It breeds in vegetated ponds and wells. Female stabs eggs on dry twigs hanging over water. The eggs hatch out in rains and the larvae fall directly into the water below.[7][8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dow, R.A. (2009). "Tetrathemis platyptera". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2009: e.T163647A5629538. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T163647A5629538.en. Retrieved 17 February 2017.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 Oct 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tetrathemis platyptera Selys, 1878". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  4. ^ a b "Tetrathemis platyptera Selys, 1878". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  5. ^ K.A., Subramanian; K.G., Emiliyamma; R., Babu; C., Radhakrishnan; S.S., Talmale (2018). Atlas of Odonata (Insecta) of the Western Ghats, India. Zoological Survey of India. pp. 379–380. ISBN 9788181714954.
  6. ^ 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. pp. 250–251.
  7. ^ a b C FC Lt. Fraser (1924). A Survey of the Odonate (Dragonfly) Fauna of Western India and Descriptions of Thirty New Species (PDF). p. 430.
  8. ^ C.G. Kiran, Francy Kakkassery (2007). "Observations On Mating And Oviposition Behavior Of Tetrathemis Platyptera Selys, 1878". ResearchGate. Scientific Publishers (India). 2007: e.T163647A5629538. Retrieved 17 February 2017.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  9. ^ S. Foerster (1998). "Oviposition high above water in Micrathyria dictynna Ris (Anisoptera:Libellulidae)" (PDF). Odonatologica. research.steffenfoerster.com. 27 (3): 365–369. Retrieved 17 February 2017.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Data related to Tetrathemis platyptera at Wikispecies

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