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Lindenia tetraphylla

• English name: Bladetail
• German name: Seedrache
• French name: Lindénie à quatre feuilles
• Dutch name: Vaandeldrager
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Lindenia
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Velika peščenka
• Bulgarian name: Езерно цигулче

Lindenia tetraphylla

Distribution map Lindenia tetraphylla

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


General ➤ a large but slender species which in Europe occurs only in the South-East
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Gomphidae
Scientific name Lindenia tetraphylla (Vander Linden, 1825)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • gomphids are 'sitters': they spend a lot of time perched on rocks and vegetation
  • the base colour on the thorax and abdomen can range from pale beige to very dark grey
Habitat • large lakes and gravel pits with extensive reed beds
Dimensions • typical body length: 69-80 mm; hindwing: 36-40 mm
Both sexesHead➤ like in all other gomphids, the eyes are widely separated
MaleAbdomen➤ the upper appendages are very long and straight, while S7 and S8 bear broad flaps on the side
FemaleAbdomen➤ S2 and S3 bear an orange band, while S7 and S8 bear broad flaps on the side
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Tuscany and Turkey

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's wing and pterostigma, and abdomen in dorsal view, and the female's abdomen in dorsal view.

Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla)
Male wing and pterostigma in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla)
Female abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Lindenia tetraphylla

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Lindenia tetraphylla

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Lindenia tetraphylla

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Lindenia tetraphylla

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr196 23/06/2005 12:02 Italy F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO100 Canon10D +Crop -Flash MF
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Lindenia tetraphylla

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr197 01/06/2009 15:38 Turkey F8 1/500 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Lindenia tetraphylla

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr198 25/07/2006 10:30 Italy F5.6 1/250 90mm ISO100 Canon10D -Crop -Flash MF
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Lindenia tetraphylla

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Lindenia tetraphylla

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Lindenia tetraphylla

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Lindenia tetraphylla

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr203 04/06/2009 10:31 Turkey F5.6 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Lindenia tetraphylla

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Lindenia tetraphylla

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Lindenia tetraphylla

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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr232 29/06/2005 12:27 Italy F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon10D -Crop -Flash MF