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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 serapia

Orthetrum serapia Watson, 1984

IUCN: Orthetrum serapia (Least Concern)

O. serapia is an Australian species of dragonfly that are yellow with black markings and are possibly closely related to O. sabina with similar habitats of still or sluggish shallow often temporary waterbodies.

O. serapia is distributed from Rockhampton north across Cape York and north Northern Territory to the Philippines to SW Pacific Islands.
Vernacular names
English: Green Skimmer

Orthetrum serapia, the green skimmer,[3] is a freshwater dragonfly in the family Libellulidae.[4][5] The serapia species is present in Australia, the Philippines, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.[6] It inhabits a wide range of still and sluggish waters, often shallow.[3] In Australia it ranges from the top end of the Northern Territory to about Mackay in central Queensland.[3]


Orthetrum serapia is a medium-sized dragonfly with a wingspan of 60-85mm. Its wings are clear except for a small dark spot at the base of the hindwing. The thorax is greenish to greyish yellow with black markings. The abdomen is black with pale yellow or pale green markings. Orthetrum serapia appears very similar to Orthetrum sabina and can be confused where the range of the two overlap in north-eastern Australia.[1]


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Watson, J.A.L. (1984). "A second Australian species in the Orthetrum sabina complex (Odonata: Libellulidae)". Journal of the Australian Entomological Society. 23 (1): 1–10 [8]. doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.1984.tb01896.x.
Theischinger, G; Hawking, J (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. Collingwood Vic.: CSIRO Publishing. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-64309-073-6.
Watson, J. A. L. (2012). "Species Orthetrum serapia Watson, 1984". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 23: 1–10. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
Schorr, Martin; Paulson, Dennis. "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History. University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
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. p. 278. ISBN 0643051368.

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