Male alpine darner Austroaeschna flavomaculata, copyright Toby Hudson.

Belongs within: Eteoanisoptera.

The Telephlebiidae, southern darners, are a group of medium-sized to very large dragonflies found only in eastern and south-western Australia (Theischinger & Hawking 2006).

Characters (from Theischinger & Hawking 2006): Anterior portion of wing mostly clear except pterostigma, rarely marked with brown band(s) or rounded nodal spot; vein Rsp1 only slightly curved, almost parallel with vein IR3; vein MA unbroken distally, runs parallel to or diverges from R4. Larvae profoundly elongate; prementum flat, lacks premental setae; mid-dorsal abdominal spines usually absent, rarely present; some abdominal segments, including segment 9, armed with lateral spines; epiproct strongly tapered throughout with apex commonly pointed.

    |--Antipodophlebia asthenes (Tillyard 1916)TH06
    |--Dendroaeschna conspersa (Tillyard 1907)TH06
    |--Dromaeschna forcipataZS10
    |    |--A. parvistigmaO70
    |    `--A. victoria Martin 1901TH06
    |    |--A. costalis (Tillyard 1907)TH06
    |    `--A. subcostalis Theischinger 1996TH06
    |    |--S. tripunctata (Martin 1901)TH06
    |    `--S. watsoni Theischinger 1982TH06
    |    |--N. geminata Theischinger 1982TH06
    |    `--N. sagittata (Martin 1901)TH06
    |    |--T. brevicauda Tillyard 1916TH06
    |    |--T. cyclops Tillyard 1916TH06
    |    |--T. godeffroyi Selys 1883TH06
    |    |--T. tillyardi Campion 1916TH06
    |    |--T. tryoni Tillyard 1917TH06
    |    `--T. undia Theischinger 1985TH06
         |--A. anacantha Tillyard 1908TH06
         |--A. atrata Martin 1909TH06
         |--A. christine Theischinger 1993TH06
         |--A. cooloola Theischinger 1991TH06
         |--A. eungella Theischinger 1993TH06
         |--A. flavomaculata Tillyard 1916TH06
         |--A. forcipata (Tillyard 1907)TH06
         |--A. hardyi Tillyard 1917TH06
         |--A. inermis Martin 1901TH06
         |--A. muelleri Theischinger 1982TH06
         |--A. multipunctata (Martin 1901)TH06
         |--A. obscura Theischinger 1982TH06
         |--A. parvistigma (Selys 1883)TH06
         |--A. pulchra Tillyard 1909TH06
         |--A. sigma Theischinger 1982TH06
         |--A. speciosa Sjöstedt 1917TH06
         |--A. subapicalis Theischinger 1982TH06
         |--A. tasmanica Tillyard 1916TH06
         |--A. unicornis (Martin 1901)TH06
         |    |--A. u. unicornisTH06
         |    `--A. u. pinheyiTH06
         `--A. weiskei (Förster 1908)TH06

*Type species of generic name indicated


[O70] O’Farrell, A. F. 1970. Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers pp. 241–261. Melbourne University Press.

[TH06] Theischinger, G., & J. Hawking. 2006. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood (Victoria).

[ZS10] Zborowski, P., & R. Storey. 2010. A Field Guide to Insects in Australia 3rd ed. Reed New Holland: Sydney.

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