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Ischnura fountaineae

• English name: Oasis Bluetail
• German name: Oasen-Pechlibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Oaselantaarntje
• Swedish name: N/A
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• Italian name: Codazzurra delle oasi
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Ischnura fountaineae

Distribution map Ischnura fountaineae

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General ➤ a fairly small species which in Europe occurs only on the Italian island of Pantelleria, off the Tunisian coast
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Scientific name Ischnura fountaineae Morton, 1905
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • can reproduce in water with high salinity
Habitat • desert oases and (brackish) coastal ponds and lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 27-34 mm; hindwing: 19-24 mm
Both sexesWings• the pterostigma in the forewing is the same size as that in the hindwing
MaleThorax➤ the lower side of the thorax is sky blue, never green
  • the antehumeral stripe is pale and is often heavily reduced or absent
  • the pronotum does not have an upright front edge
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black on top, but S8 is sky blue
  • the black upper part of S2 is separated from the sky blue lower part in a wavy bulge
 Wings• the pterostigma in the forewing is bicoloured: black on the inside, white on the outside; the pterostigma in the hindwing is uniformly beige/brown
FemaleThorax• in gynochrome females the side of the thorax is bright orange at first; with age this colour is replaced by brown/green
  • in androchrome females the side of the thorax is sky blue
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black on top, but in androchrome females S8 is sky blue
  • the abdomen has a vulvar spine underneath S8
 Wings• the pterostigma is uniformly beige/brown in both wings
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in desert oases in Tunisia in October 2009

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Da821 07/10/2009 11:51 Tunisia F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Da822 07/10/2009 14:05 Tunisia F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Da823 07/10/2009 14:06 Tunisia F8 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Da824 07/10/2009 14:14 Tunisia F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da825 07/10/2009 16:46 Tunisia F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Da826 07/10/2009 16:46 Tunisia F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Da827 07/10/2009 16:50 Tunisia F5.6 1/320 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Da828 07/10/2009 17:57 Tunisia F5.6 1/60 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Da829 08/10/2009 12:10 Tunisia F5.6 1/320 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ischnura fountaineae

10 / 20; PhotoID: Da830 08/10/2009 12:19 Tunisia F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Da831 08/10/2009 16:52 Tunisia F5.6 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Da832 08/10/2009 17:24 Tunisia F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ischnura fountaineae f. aurantiaca

13 / 20; PhotoID: Da833 09/10/2009 10:10 Tunisia F8 1/320 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ischnura fountaineae f. aurantiaca

14 / 20; PhotoID: Da834 09/10/2009 10:47 Tunisia F5.6 1/320 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ischnura fountaineae f. aurantiaca

15 / 20; PhotoID: Da835 09/10/2009 10:54 Tunisia F5.6 1/200 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Da836 09/10/2009 11:09 Tunisia F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Da837 09/10/2009 11:09 Tunisia F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Da838 09/10/2009 11:20 Tunisia F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Da839 09/10/2009 15:19 Tunisia F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ischnura fountaineae f. aurantiaca

20 / 20; PhotoID: Da840 09/10/2009 15:35 Tunisia F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF