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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


Small Tigertail

Eusynthemis brevistyla

Eusynthemis brevistyla Distribution Male Eusynthemis brevistyla Male Eusynthemis brevistyla
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Date & Time: 20 November 2005 12:50
Place: Belgrave South

Male Eusynthemis brevistyla closeup Male Eusynthemis brevistyla closeup
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Date & Time: 20 November 2005 12:50
Place: Belgrave South

Female Eusynthemis brevistyla Female Eusynthemis brevistyla
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Date & Time: 3 February 2007 10:05
Place: Warburton

Thorax of Small Tigertail Dragonfly Thorax of Small Tigertail Dragonfly
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Date & Time: 3 February 2007 10:05
Place: Warburton

This is a common dragonfly found during the summer from the foothill forests to sub-alpine areas along south-eastern Australia (from eastern Victoria through New South Whales to near the Queensland border). Its generally found near shaded creeks and flies relatively slowly, perching regularly.

These are smallish, mostly black dragonflies with yellow patterns on the thorax and yellow spots along the abdomen. Eyes can be all black or mostly bluish-green.

It is most similar to Eusynthemis guttata (and E. tillyardi), which are similarly common and their habitats cross over. Eusynthemis brevistyla has a relatively large, joined pair of dots near the end of the tail and also has small yellow spots at the base of each wing (most clearly visible in the second photo). Also similar to Synthemis eustalacta, however that species has more even and distinct spots along the abdomen.

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