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Anotogaster sieboldii

Anotogaster sieboldii

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Cladus: Odonatoptera
Cladus: Holodonata
Ordo: Odonata
Subordo: Epiprocta
Infraordo: Anisoptera
Superfamilia: Cordulegastroidea

Familia: Cordulegastridae
Genus: Anotogaster
Species: Anotogaster sieboldii

Anotogaster sieboldii (Selys, 1854)

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Vernacular names
日本語: オニヤンマ(鬼蜻蜓)
中文: 無霸勾蜓

Anotogaster sieboldii, as known as golden-ringed dragonfly, jumbo dragonfly, Siebold's dragonfly or oniyanma (オニヤンマ、鬼蜻蜓、馬大頭) in Japanese, 無霸勾蜓 in Chinese and 장수잠자리("jang-su-jamjari", means 'General Dragonfly') in Korean is the largest species of dragonfly native to Eastern Asia, especially Japan, Taiwan, China, Korean Peninsula.[1] It can grow between 95 and 100 mm in length.[2]
Life cycle
Anotogaster sieboldii on a twig
An adult on a twig. photographed in Nasu Highlands of Tochigi, Japan

Eggs hatch within a month of being laid. Nymphs can live for three to five years, moulting as many as ten times and growing as large as five centimeters in length. Like adult dragonfly, nymphs are obviously predatory insects. Once nymphs' size bigger and bigger, they hunt tadpoles, aquatic insects and small fish. The adult dragonfly mate and lay eggs within one to two months of metamorphosis. After mating, females head toward small creeks or ponds, not fast-moving rivers or lakes, to lay eggs. They will sometimes fly perpendicularly to the water, laying their eggs in mud or sand under the surface.


한국의 잠자리(The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Korea), 자연과생태(, 2012.

ふしぎがわかる しぜん図鑑 こんちゅう, page 35. Froebel-Kan CO., LTD., 1999

ふしぎがわかる しぜん図鑑 こんちゅう (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Froebel-Kan CO., LTD. 1999. p. 35. ISBN 4-577-00033-4.

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