Animal Species:Pygmy Shutwing

The Pygmy Shutwing dragonfly's name comes from its small size and habit of resting with its wings closed above its body.

Standard Common Name

Pygmy Shutwing

Identification

The Pygmy Shutwing is a small, black and yellow dragonfly with clear wings. The larvae are short and stout with long legs and long 'teeth' or dentations on the grasping organs.

Size range

4 cm - 5 cm

Distribution

The Pygmy Shutwing is found in eastern Australia.

Habitat

The Pygmy Shutwing lives around streams and rivers. The larvae, live in river pools that have plenty of accumulated silt and leaves.

Seasonality

The Pygmy Shutwing is seen in late summer and autumn.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Pygmy Shutwing has three close relatives and all of these close their wings in a similar manner. No other Australian dragonflies do this. Kingfisher Pool, near Waterfall, south of Sydney, is the only place where three of the four known Cordulephya species coexist.

Classification

Species:
pygmaea
Genus:
Cordulephya
Family:
Cordulephyidae
Superfamily:
Libelluloidea
Suborder:
Epiproctophora
Order:
Odonata
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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