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Adversaeschna brevistyla
Archaeosynthemis orientalis
Austroaeschna atrata
Austroaeschna flavomaculata
Austroaeschna inermis
Austroaeschna ingrid
Austroaeschna multipunctata
Austroaeschna parvistigma
Austroaeschna pulchra
Austroaeschna sigma
Austroaeschna subapicalis
Austroaeschna unicornis
Austrocordulia refracta
Austrogomphus amphiclitus
Austrogomphus australis
Austrogomphus cornutus
Austrogomphus guerini
Austrogomphus melaleucae
Austrogomphus ochraceus
Austropetalia tonyana
Austrothemis nigrescens
Cordulephya montana
Cordulephya pygmaea
Crocothemis nigrifrons
Dendroaeschna conspersa
Diplacodes bipunctata
Diplacodes haematodes
Diplacodes melanopsis
Eusynthemis brevistyla
Eusynthemis guttata
Eusynthemis virgula
Hemianax papuensis
Hemicordulia australiae
Hemicordulia tau
Hemigomphus gouldii
Hemigomphus heteroclytus
Nannophlebia risi
Nannophya australis
Nannophya dalei
Notoaeschna sagittata
Orthetrum caledonicum
Orthetrum villosovittatum
Parasynthemis regina
Procordulia jacksoniensis
Spinaeschna tripunctata
Synthemis eustalacta
Telephlebia brevicauda
Tramea loewii

Common Shutwing

Cordulephya pygmaea

Cordulephya pygmaea Distribution Cordulephya pygmaea Cordulephya pygmaea
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Date & Time: 31 January 2007 15:45
Place: Yarra River, Templestowe

Cordulephya pygmaea Head and Thorax Cordulephya pygmaea Head and Thorax
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Date & Time: 11 March 2006 12:50
Place: Yarra River, Wonga Park

Cordulephya pygmaea Size Comparison Cordulephya pygmaea Size Comparison
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Date & Time: 11 March 2006 12:55
Place: Yarra River, Wonga Park
These are amongst the smallest dragonflies, measuring only about 3cm long. Unlike most other dragonflies, they characteristically hold their wings closed above the body when resting, much like many damselflies do. They have a black body with yellow stripy patches on the sides of the thorax and yellow rings along the tail, a mainly dark face with pale olive eyes dissected with a darker line. Males and females look quite similar.

NSW and Queensland have a handful of other Cordulephya species, which all look similar to this one, but this is the only one of the group found in Victoria.

They are a late–season species, found from mid summer to mid autumn in Victoria and even a little later further north. A reasonably common dragonfly but localized to slow flowing rivers and billabongs, such as the Yarra near Melbourne. They readily perch on and parallel to woody vegetation near rivers, vertically on tree trunks and horizontally on branches.

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