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ANISOPTERA (dragonflies)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Suborder)

AESHNIDAE Rambur, 1842 (emperor and hawker dragonflies)
Aeshna (hawker dragonflies, aeshna dragonflies), eg: Aeshna cyanea (Blue Hawker, Southern Hawker) - Crippled female - on leaf - dorsal view - close-up Anax (emperor dragonflies), eg: Anax imperator (Blue Emperor, Emperor Dragonfly) - Dorsal view - close-up
Family 6 subtaxa 7 ident refs
CORDULEGASTRIDAE Calvert, 1893 (golden-ringed dragonflies) Family 1 subtaxon  
Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) (Golden-ringed Dragonfly)
Male - dorsal view - close-up
Species   1 ident refs
CORDULIIDAE Selys, 1850 (emerald dragonflies) Family 2 subtaxa  
Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) (Downy Emerald) Species   4 ident refs
Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) (Brilliant Emerald, Brilliant Emerald Dragonfly) Species   1 ident refs
GOMPHIDAE Rambur, 1842 (club-tailed dragonflies) Family 1 subtaxon  
Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Club-tailed Dragonfly, Common Club-tail)
Teneral female - dorsal view
LIBELLULIDAE Rambur, 1842 (chaser, darter and skimmer dragonflies)
Libellula (chaser dragonflies), eg: Libellula depressa (Broad-bodied Chaser) - Teneral - perching on garden cane - dorsal view Orthetrum (skimmer dragonflies), eg: Orthetrum coerulescens (Keeled Skimmer) - Male - dorsal view Sympetrum (darter dragonflies), eg: Sympetrum striolatum (Common Darter Dragonfly) - Male - dorsal view
Family 10 subtaxa 8 ident refs
Unidentified Anisoptera (Unidentified Dragonflies)
Nymph - dorsal view

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Larvae and exuviae

Cham, S., 2007 Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies - Volume 1:Dragonflies (Anisoptera)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 4 general literature references to ANISOPTERA (dragonflies)

ANISOPTERA may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)
(true insects)
(dragonflies and damselflies)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 5 feeding and other relationships of ANISOPTERA (dragonflies)

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