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The Dragonflies (Odonata: Anisoptera) of Papua Indonesia

by Vincent J. Kalkman

For a complete checklist of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands click here.

Listed Papua species: 124 [xx endemic species for Papua Indonesia]


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Macromia Rambur, 1842

euphrosyne Lieftinck, 1952

eurynome Lieftinck, 1942

hermione Lieftinck, 1952

melpomene Ris, 1913

sophrosyne Lieftinck, 1952

terpsichore Foerster, 1900

viridescens Tillyard, 1913



Aethriamanta Kirby, 1889

nymphaeae Lieftinck, 1949

Agrionoptera Brauer, 1864

insignis (Rambur, 1842)
ssp. allogenes Tillyard, 1908
ssp. papuensis Selys, 1879

longitudinalis Selys, 1878
ssp. biserialis Selys, 1879
ssp. longitudinalis Selys, 1878

Bironides Förster, 1903

teuchestes Lieftinck, 1933

Brachydiplax Brauer, 1868

denticauda (Brauer, 1867)

duivenbodei (Brauer, 1866)

Camacinia Kirby, 1889

gigantea (Brauer, 1867)

othello Tillyard, 1908

Crocothemis Brauer, 1868

nigrifrons (Kirby, 1894)

servilia (Drury, 1773)
ssp. servilia (Drury, 1773)

Diplacina Brauer, 1868

anthaxia Lieftinck, 1933

antigone Lieftinck, 1933

callirrhoe Lieftinck, 1953

cyrene Lieftinck, 1953

dioxippe Lieftinck, 1963

erigone Lieftinck, 1953

hippolyte Lieftinck, 1933

ismene Lieftinck, 1933

merope Lieftinck, 1963

micans Lieftinck, 1953

paula Ris, 1919
ssp. lethe Lieftinck, 1953

persephone Lieftinck, 1933

smaragdina Selys, 1878

Diplacodes Kirby, 1889

bipunctata (Brauer, 1865)

nebulosa (Fabricius, 1793)

trivialis Rambur, 1842

Huonia Förster, 1903

epinephela Förster, 1903

hylophila Lieftinck, 1942

hypsophila Lieftinck, 1963

oreophila Lieftinck, 1935

silvicola Lieftinck, 1942

thais Lieftinck, 1953

thisbe Lieftinck, 1953

Hydrobasileus Kirby, 1889

brevistylus (Brauer, 1865)

Lanthanusa Ris, 1909

cyclopica Ris, 1912

lamberti Lieftinck, 1942

richardi Lieftinck, 1942

Lathrecista Kirby, 1889

asiatica (Fabricius, 1798)
ssp. festa (Selys, 1879)
ssp. interposita Förster, 1898

Lyriothemis Brauer, 1868

hirundo Ris, 1913

meyeri (Selys, 1878)

Macrodiplax Brauer, 1868

cora Brauer, 1867

Microtrigonia Förster, 1903

gomphoides Lieftinck, 1933

petaurina Lieftinck, 1949

Nannophlebia Selys, 1878

alexia Lieftinck, 1933

amaryllis Lieftinck, 1955

amnosia Lieftinck, 1955

amphicyllis Lieftinck, 1933

ampycteria Lieftinck, 1933

anatya Lieftinck, 1933

axiagasta Lieftinck, 1933

biroi (Förster, 1900)

Nannophya Rambur, 1842

pygmaea Rambur, 1842

Nesoxenia Kirby, 1889

mysis (Selys, 1878)
ssp. interrogata (Selys, 1878)
ssp. mutans Lieftinck, 1942
ssp. mysis (Selys, 1878)
ssp. tarafia Lieftinck, 1942

Neurothemis Brauer, 1867

decora (Brauer, 1866)

luctuosa Lieftinck, 1942

oligoneura Brauer, 1867

ramburii (Kaup, 1866)
ssp. papuensis Lieftinck, 1942

stigmatizans (Fabricius, 1775)
ssp. bramina Guerin, 1838

Orthetrum Newman, 1833

balteatum Lieftinck, 1933

glaucum (Brauer, 1865)

sabina (Drury, 1773)
ssp. viduatum Lieftinck, 1942
ssp. sabina (Drury, 1773)

villosovittatum (Brauer, 1868)

Pantala Hagen, 1861

flavescens (Fabricius, 1798)

Protorthemis Kirby, 1889

coronata Brauer, 1866

Raphismia Kirby, 1889

bispina (Hagen, 1867)

Rhodothemis Ris, 1909

rufa (Rambur, 1842)

Rhyothemis Hagen, 1867

graphiptera (Burmeister, 1839)

hurleyi Tillyard, 1926

phyllis (Sulzer, 1776)
ssp. beatricis Lieftinck, 1942

princeps Kirby, 1894
ssp. irene Lieftinck, 1942
ssp. princeps Kirby, 1894

pygmaea Brauer, 1867

regia Ris, 1913
ssp. juliana Lieftinck, 1942

resplendens Selys, 1878

Tetrathemis Brauer, 1868

irregularis Brauer, 1868
ssp. dives Ris, 1913
ssp. papuensis Lieftinck, 1942

Tholymis Hagen, 1867

tillarga (Fabricius, 1798)

Tramea Hagen, 1861

aquila Lieftinck, 1942

eurybia Selys, 1878
ssp. eurybia Selys, 1878
ssp. monticola Lieftinck, 1942

loewii Brauer, 1866

transmarina Brauer, 1867
ssp. propinqua Lieftinck, 1942

Trithemis Brauer, 1868

festiva (Rambur, 1842)

Urothemis Brauer, 1868

signata (Rambur, 1842)
ssp. aliena Selys, 1878

Zyxomma Rambur, 1842

elgneri (Ris, 1913)

multinervis (Carpenter, 1897)

petiolatum Rambur, 1842


Synthemis Selys, 1870

cervula Lieftinck, 1948

feronia Lieftinck, 1938

gracilenta Lieftinck, 1935

primigenia Foerster, 1903


Agyrtacantha Lieftinck, 1937

dirupta (Karsch, 1889)

microstigma (Selys, 1878)

othello Lieftinck, 1942

tumidula Lieftinck, 1937

Anaciaeschna Selys, 1878

jaspidea Burmeister, 1839

Anax Leach, 1815

fumosus Hagen, 1867
ssp. fumosus Hagen, 1867

gibbosulus Rambur, 1842

guttatus (Burmeister, 1839)

maclachlani Foerster, 1898

pugnax Lieftinck, 1942

selysii Förster, 1900

Gynacantha Rambur, 1842

calliope Lieftinck, 1953

kirbyi Krueger, 1899

mocsaryi Förster, 1898

rosenbergi Brauer, 1867

Oreaeschna Lieftinck, 1937

dictatrix Lieftinck, 1937

Plattycantha Förster, 1908

acuta Lieftinck, 1937

cornuta Förster, 1900

venatrix Lieftinck, 1937

Ictinogomphus Cowley, 1934

australis (Selys, 1873)
ssp. lieftincki (Schmidt, 1934)

Hemicordulia Selys, 1870

cyclopica Lieftinck, 1942

ericetorum Lieftinck, 1942

hilbrandi Lieftinck, 1942

olympica Lieftinck, 1942

silvarum Ris, 1913

Metaphya Laidlaw, 1912

tillyardi Ris, 1913

Procordulia Martin, 1917

astridae Lieftinck, 1935

leopoldi Fraser, 1932

sylvia Lieftinck, 1935


(checklist updated on 28th October 2009)


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Lieftinck, M.A., 1949a. Synopsis of the odonate fauna of the Bismarck Archipelago and the Solomon Islands. Treubia 20: 319-374.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1952. On the Papuasian representatives of the genus Macromia Rambur. Treubia 21: 437-468.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1953c. Revision of the Australasian species of Synthemis Selys (Odon., Corduliidae). With descriptions of four new species and key to their identification. Idea 9: 70-88.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1953g. Revisional notes on the genera Diplacina Brauer and Huonia Förster (Odon.). Treubia 22: 153-216.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1953h. Additions to the odonate fauna of the Indo-Australian archipelago. Treubia 22:233-269.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1955. Note on Lanthusa donaldi Lieftinck: a correction. Zoölogische Mededelingen, Leiden 34: 87.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1955b. Notes on Australasian species of Neurobasis Selys (Odonata, Agriidae). Nova Guinea (N.S.). 6: 155-166.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1955c. Two new species of Lanthusa Ris, from the high mountains of New Guinea (Odonata). Zoölogische Mededelingen, Leiden 33: 157-164.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1955e. Notes on species of Nannophlebia Selys from the Moluccas and New Guinea (Odonata). Zoölogische Mededelingen, Leiden 33: 301-318.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1956c. Revision of the genus Argiolestes Selys (Odonata) in New Guinea and the Moluccas, with notes on the larval forms of the family Megapodagrionidae. Nova Guinea 7: 59-121.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1956d. Two new Platycnemididae (Odonata) from the Papuan region. Nova Guinea (N.S.) 7: 249-258.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1957a. Notes on some argiine dragonflies (Odonata) with special reference to the genus Palaiargia Förster, and with descriptions of new species and larval forms. Nova Guinea (N.S.) 8: 41-80
Lieftinck, M.A., 1958. A review of the genus Idiocnemis Selys in the Papuan region, with notes on some larval formsof the Platycnemididae (Odonata). Nova Guinea (N.S.) 9: 253-292.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1959. On the New Guinea species of Ischnura Charpentier and Oreagrion Ris, with special reference to the larval forms and notes on the species of adjacent regions (Odonata, Coenagrionidae). Nova Guinea (N.S.) 10: 213-240.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1959f. Results of the Archbold expeditions. New and little known isostictine dragonflies from the Papuan region (Odonat, Protoneuridae). Nova Guinea (N.S.) 10: 279-302.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1960. Considerations on the genus Lestes Leach, with notes on the classification and descriptions of new Indo-Australian species and larval forms (Odonata, Lestidae). Nova Guinea 8: 127-171.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1960c. Three new species of Notoneura Tillyard from western New Guinea (Odonata, Protoneuridae). Nova Guinea, Zool. 7: 117-126.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1963. New species and records of Libellulidae from the Papuan region (Odonata). Nova Guinea, Zool. 25: 751-780.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1967b. Notes on the genus Austrocnemis Tillyard, 1913 (Odonata, Coenagrionidae). Tijdschift voor Entomologie 110: 1-12.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1968a. The Odonata of Renell Island Solomon Archipelago. Natural History of Renell Island, Britisch Solomon Islands 5: 67-74.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1971. Studies in Oriental Corduliidae (Odonata) I. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 114: 1-63.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1972. New taxa in the Papuasian genus Palaiargia Foerster, with a key to the identification of species. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift (N.F.) 19: 245-256.
Lieftinck, M.A., 1987. New and little known Platycnemididae and Coenagrionidae from New Guinea and the Solomon Islands (Odonata). Tijdschift voor Entomologie 129: 263-291.
Lohmann, H., 1979. A new species of Ischnura from New Guinea (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica 8(3): 221-225.
Lohmann, H., 1981. Zur Taxonomie einiger Crocothemis-Arten, nebst Beschreibung einer neuen Art von Madagaskar (Anisoptera: Libellulidae). Odonatologica 10(2): 109-116.
Lohmann, H., 1984. Zwei neue Rhodothemis-Arten, mit Bemerkungen zur Systematik der Gattung (Anisoptera: Libellulidae). Odonatologica 13(1): 119-127.
Michalski, J.C., 1996. Description of Hylaeargia magnifica Michalski, a damselfly from Papua New Guinea (Odonata: Zygoptera). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 139(1): 29-32.
Oppel, A., 2005. Odonata in the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Papua New Guinea. IDF-Report 7: 1-28.
Oppel, S., 2006a. Comparison of two Odonata communities from a natural and a modified rainforest in Papua New Guinea. International Journal of Odonatology 9: 89-102.
Oppel, S., 2006b. Using distance sampling to quantify Odonata density in tropical rainforest. International Journal of Odonatology 9: 81-88.
Theischinger, G. & S.J. Richard, 2005. Two new species of Drepanosticta Laidlaw from Papua New Guinea (Zygoptera: Platystictidae). Odonatologica 34: 307-312.
Theischinger, G. & S.J. Richard, 2006a. Two new species of Nososticta Hagen in Selys from Papua New Guinea (Zygoptera: Protoneuridae). Odonatologica 35:75-79.
Theischinger, G. & S.J. Richard, 2006b. Two new Zygoptera species from Papua New Guinea (Protoneuridae, Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica 35: 199-204