Animal Species:South-eastern Petaltail

The South-eastern Petaltail is the second largest dragonfly of south-eastern Australia.

Standard Common Name

South-eastern Petaltail

Identification

The South-eastern Petaltail is brown to brownish black and yellow, and has clear wings and a long, thick body. The larvae are semi-aquatic grubs with a soft, pale body and large digging legs.

Size range

11-13 cm

Distribution

The South-eastern Petaltail is found in eastern New South Wales. Some time ago, the South-eastern Petaltail occurred in urban Sydney, along the northern beaches and in Cronulla. It now seems to be restricted to a few localities in the Royal National Park.

Habitat

The South-eastern Petaltail lives in wetlands and swamps, heath and coastal forests.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Scientists are uncertain exactly how long this species lives as a larva, but it may be as long as 30 years. The South-eastern Petaltail belongs to an ancient group of dragonflies that was common 190 million years ago, at the beginning of the age of the dinosaurs.

Classification

Species:
gigantea
Genus:
Petalura
Family:
Petaluridae
Superfamily:
Petaluroidea
Suborder:
Epiproctophora
Order:
Odonata
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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