Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    tillyardi
    Genus
    Eusynthemis
    Family
    Synthemistidae
    Super Family
    Libelluloidea
    Suborder
    Epiproctophora
    Order
    Odonata
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    7 cm

Introduction

The Mountain Tigertail dragonfly gets its name from the black and yellow markings along its slim body.

Identification

The larvae of the Mountain Tigertail dragonfly are hairy and have a pointed body adapted to living in gravel, sand and mud.

Habitat

The Mountain Tigertail is commonly found near upland swamps and the upper reaches of small streams.

Distribution

The Mountain Tigertail is found in south-eastern New South Wales, northern Victoria.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The scientific name of the Mountain Tigertail recognises Australia's most prolific entomologist, R.J. Tillyard who, at the beginning of the 20th century, discovered and described approximately one-third of Australia's known dragonflies.