Checklist Portugal: mainland; scientific names

Below is a checklist of the 65 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Portugal: mainland. It's based on Dijkstra, Schröter & Lewington's Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe (2020), on the Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies (Boudot & Kalkman (eds.), 2015), and - in a handful of cases - on new area records. Please click here if you would like to see the list below with the English common names.

The list below is sorted as per our overall checklist. Clicking on a species name in the list allows you to then cycle through the entire checklist for the area Portugal: mainland by using the Previous (<==) and Next (==>) buttons at the bottom of each page. If you would prefer to see it sorted alphabetically on the species' scientific names, please click here.

Note: if you believe a species is missing from the checklist below, please do email us at with the new information, together with the relevant source(s) and references. If we agree that the new information is indeed valid, we will update the checklist as soon as possible.

Please click on a species name below to see our 20 photographs of that species.

#Scientific name
1Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
2Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 Preview
3Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836) Preview
4Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
5Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
6Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
7Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
8Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
9Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
10Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
11Platycnemis acutipennis Selys, 1841 Preview
12Platycnemis latipes Rambur, 1842 Preview
13Ischnura graellsii (Rambur, 1842) Preview
14Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
15Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
16Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
17Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
18Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
19Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
20Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
21Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
22Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840) Preview
23Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
24Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
25Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 Preview
26Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 Preview
27Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) Preview
28Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) Preview
29Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
30Anax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
31Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
32Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
33Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
34Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
35Gomphus graslinii Rambur, 1842 Preview
36Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840 Preview
37Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840 Preview
38Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
39Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
40Onychogomphus costae Selys, 1885 Preview
41Paragomphus genei (Selys, 1841) Preview
42Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
43Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
44Macromia splendens (Pictet, 1843) Preview
45Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
46Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
47Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
48Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
49Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
50Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) Preview
51Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841) Preview
52Orthetrum chrysostigma (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
53Orthetrum trinacria (Selys, 1841) Preview
54Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
55Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
56Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
57Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
58Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841) Preview
59Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview
60Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807) Preview
61Trithemis kirbyi Selys, 1891 Preview
62Brachythemis impartita (Karsch, 1890) Preview
63Diplacodes lefebvrii (Rambur, 1842) Preview
64Selysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
65Zygonyx torridus (Kirby, 1889) Preview