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Kingdom  Animalia
Suborder  Epiprocta
Scientific name  Corduliidae
Higher classification  Epiprocta
Order  Odonata
Infraorder  Anisoptera
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Family
Corduliidae OdonataCentral Odonata of New Guinea and neighboring islands

Lower classifications  Somatochlora, Downy emerald, Epitheca, Hine's emerald dragonfly, Dorocordulia

The insect family Corduliidae contains the emerald dragonflies or green-eyed skimmers. These dragonflies are usually black or dark brown with areas of metallic green or yellow, and most of them have large, emerald-green eyes. The larvae are black, hairy-looking, and usually semiaquatic.

Corduliidae Odonata Corduliidae Tetragoneuria semiaquaea Epitheca semiaquea

Members of this family include the baskettails, emeralds, river cruisers, sundragons, shadowdragons, and boghaunters. They are not uncommon and are found nearly worldwide, but some individual species are quite rare. Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana), for example, is an endangered species in the United States.

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Some genera:

  • Archaeophya – urflys
  • Cordulia – American emeralds
  • Dorocordulia – little emeralds
  • Epitheca – baskettails
  • Helocordulia – sundragons
  • Hemicordulia - emeralds
  • Idionyx
  • Macromidia
  • Metaphya - emeralds
  • Neurocordulia – shadowdragons
  • Pentathemis
  • Procordulia - emeralds
  • Somatochlora – striped emeralds
  • Williamsonia – boghaunters

  • Corduliidae

    Delicate emerald dragonfly corduliidae somatochlora franklini female on finger

    Corduliidae Corduliidae


    Corduliidae Wikipedia