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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: Libelluloidea

Familia: Libellulidae
Subfamilia: Libellulinae
Genus: Orthetrum
Species: Orthetrum boumiera

Orthetrum boumiera Watson and Arthington, 1978

O. boumierra an Australian species that live on dune lakes in North and South Eastern Queensland. O. balteatum, O. boumierra and O. caledonicum have various proportions of yellow and black but, the males develop a blue waxy coating called pruinescence as they mature.
Vernacular names
English: Brownwater Skimmer

Orthetrum boumiera is a freshwater dragonfly species in the family Libellulidae,[3] [4] endemic to eastern Australia,[5] where it inhabits dune lakes.[2] The common name for this species is brownwater skimmer.[6]

Orthetrum boumiera is a medium-sized, yellow dragonfly with black markings. Adult males develop an extensive blue pruinescence, while females will become slightly pruinescent.[7]


The species name boumiera is a toponym derived from the Aboriginal name, Bummiera, for Brown Lake on North Stradbroke Island, in Queensland, Australia.[8] University of Queensland students first collected specimens of this species in the Bummiera area on North Stradbroke Island.[2]

See also

List of Odonata species of Australia

Dow, R.A. (2017). "Orthetrum boumiera". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T87535148A87540029. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T87535148A87540029.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
Watson, J.A.L.; Arthington, Angela H. (1978). "A new species of Orthetrum Newman from dune lakes in eastern Australia (Odonata: Libellulidae)". Journal of the Australian Entomological Society. 17 (2): 151–157 [152]. doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.1978.tb02223.x.
"Species Orthetrum boumiera Watson & Arthington, 1978". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
Schorr, Martin; Paulson, Dennis. "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History. University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
Catalogue of Life
Günther Theischinger, John Hawking (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0-643-09073-8.
Watson, J.A.L.; Theischinger, G.; Abbey, H.M. (1991). The Australian Dragonflies: A Guide to the Identification, Distributions and Habitats of Australian Odonata. Melbourne: CSIRO. ISBN 0643051368.
Endersby, I. (2012). "Watson and Theischinger: the etymology of the dragonfly (Insecta: Odonata) names which they published". Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales. 145 (443 & 444): 34–53 [38]. ISSN 0035-9173 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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