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Damselfly (Zygoptera)Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas

Common Flatwing at Yambulla State Forest

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Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas at Yambulla State Forest - 16 Jan 2018
Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas at Yambulla State Forest - 16 Jan 2018
Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas at Yambulla State Forest - 16 Jan 2018

Identification history

Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas 17 Jan 2018 KerriLee
Damselfly (Zygoptera) Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas 17 Jan 2018 KerriLee
Unidentified 16 Jan 2018 SteveBurrows

6 comments

   16 Jan 2018
Hi Steve - Excellent photos; I think it's a Grey Chested Flatwing (Griseargiolestes eboracus)
Reference:
http://www.therebedragonflies.com.au/Images/Megapodagrionidae/Grey-chestedFlatwing/Grey-ChestFW3.jpg
   16 Jan 2018
Thanks, Max. It certainly looks similar to the image in the reference.
KerriLee wrote:
   16 Jan 2018
Hi again Steve - as Max said, great shots! Do you think this might be the Common Flatwing (Austroargiolestes icteromelas)? We see a flatwing here regularly too, and I've to-and-froed on ID at various times, but in the end decided on A.icteromelas (the 'Pale face' form) for the species we see. I've based this on the particular pattern of light and dark patches on the synthorax. What do you think?
   17 Jan 2018
It does appear to have a greater similarity to Austroargiolestes icteromelas after checking some of the images in the ALA site, however, I don't see these images as a reliable reference just need to check the barnacle Catomerus polymerus to see how many incorrect images there can be, most probably would have been better if I had a clearer photograph of the wing venations
KerriLee wrote:
   17 Jan 2018
They're surprisingly tricky, the flatwings. Venation wouldn't really help distinguish these two genera. After looking again at your images, and the species descriptions in the CSIRO field guide by Theischinger & Hawking (2006), I'm further convinced that this is Austroargiolestes icteromelas. My reasons are: 1) this is a male and I believe I can see the "ventral sub apical spur" they describe for this genus (which is not present in the Griseoargiolestes); 3) the pale labium (side of the 'face') is typical for our southern subspecies A. icteromelas icteromelas, whereas in our local Griseoargiolestes species the labium is dark.
   17 Jan 2018
Hi Kerry - I think you're right; The ventral sub apical spurs are just visible and do seem to make it Austroargiolestes icteromelas. I guess the Pterostigmas will darken to black as it gets older. If I encounter Griseargiolestes eboracus in the montane swamps (with their sphagnum bogs) I shall be sure to try for a close up of the vent.

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