Sydney Hawk Dragonfly, Austrocordulia leonardi Click to enlarge image
Sydney Hawk Dragonfly, Austrocordulia leonardi Image captured by volunteers of the Atlas of Living Australia Rapid Digitising Project Image: Valerie Collard
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    leonardi
    Genus
    Austrocordulia
    Family
    Austrocorduliidae
    Super Family
    Libelluloidea
    Suborder
    Epiproctophora
    Order
    Odonata
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    6 cm- 7 cm

Introduction

Despite being a Sydney species, the Sydney Hawk dragonfly was only discovered in 1974.

Identification

The Sydney Hawk is a rare, black and yellow dragonfly with clear wings.

Habitat

The Sydney Hawk lives around very slow sections of rivers with usually rocky, steep and high banks (at least on one side); and coastal, rocky river pools with cool water.

Distribution

The Sydney Hawk is known only from a small area south of Sydney near Audley and Picton.

Conservation status

The Sydney Hawk has quite specific habitat requirements, including slow-flowing water in rocky rivers with steep sides that provide shady resting areas. Unfortunately one of these habitats, a dam near Engadine and Heathcote, became a popular bathing area that began to cause car-traffic problems. So the weir forming the dam was demolished, making the area unsuitable for recreational use, and also the dragonfly. Now there are only two sites where this species can be found, and the species is considered threatened.