Damselflies: Pseudagrion microcephalum

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FamilyCoenagrionidae
Genus/SpeciesPseudagrion microcephalum (Rambur, 1842)
Abundance &
Distribution
Common from northern NSW around the coast to the Kimberley; uncommon to rare down into eastern Victoria.
HabitatCan be found from lakes to slow-flowing water.
DescriptionThese are small damselflies (about 35mm long) and mature males, are marked bright blue and black.
Diagnostics &
Similar Species
These feature post-occular blue markings that are triangular in shape and joined by a narrow line. They are somewhat similar to Ischnura heterosticta, which has only post-occular spots, and Austroagrion watsoni et al, which have only a post-occular line.
Coenagrion lyelli has similar markings behind the eyes but most of the abdominal segments are blue (or pale) along the top.
BehaviourThese perch horizontally close to the water surface, including on surface vegetation.

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