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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 villosovittatum
Orthetrum villosovittatum (Brauer, 1868)

Orthetrum villosovittatum, known as the fiery skimmer,[3] is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae.[4][5] Its range is from the Moluccas, New Guinea and neighbouring islands as well as Australia.[6] In Australia it is found in Victoria through eastern New South Wales and Queensland, north inland Queensland, Cape York Peninsula and north Northern Territory.[7] It is a common species through most of its range.

Orthetrum villosovittatum is a medium-sized dragonfly with a wingspan of 60–85 mm.[3] Mature males have dark greyish to greenish-brown thoraxes and red abdomens, with the abdomen constricted at segment four. Young males have an amber and black colouring. Females are ochre-coloured.

Orthetrum villosovittatum inhabits boggy seepages, streams and swamps.[3]


Dow, R.A. (2017). "Orthetrum villosovittatum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T83369839A83383913. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T83369839A83383913.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
Brauer, F. (1868). "Neue und wenig bekannte vom Herrn Doct. Semper gesammelte Odonaten". Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien (in German). 18: 167–188 [167] – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Theischinger, Gunther; Hawking, John (2007). The complete field guide to dragonflies of Australia. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0-643-09073-8.
"Species Orthetrum villosovittatum (Brauer, 1868)". 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.
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.
Theischinger, Gunther; Endersby, Ian (2009). Identification Guide to the Australian Odonata (PDF). Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW. p. 231. ISBN 978 1 74232 475 3.

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