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Oxygastra curtisii

• English name: Orange-Spotted Emerald
• German name: Gekielter Flussfalke
• French name: Cordulie à corps fin
• Dutch name: Bronslibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Smeralda di fiume
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Oxygastra curtisii

Distribution map Oxygastra curtisii

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


General • a medium-sized, slender, metallic-green species of (Central and) Southern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Corduliidae
Scientific name Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • the only species in this genus
  • cordulids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • slow-flowing rivers but also reed-bordered lakes
Dimensions • typical body length: 47-54 mm; hindwing: 33-36 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green (brown in immature animals)
 Thorax• the thorax is uniformly metallic green
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is metallic green with large yellow/orange mid-dorsal patches on S1-S7
MaleAbdomen• the abdomen is club-shaped, being at its widest at S8
  ➤ S10 bears a white crest
FemaleAbdomen• S10 is white on top
 Wings• in immature females the front portions of the wings have a suffused orange tint
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's abdomen in dorsal view.

Oxygastra curtisii; S10 in top view (left) and side view (right)
Note the white crest on S10
(and the large tooth underneath the base of the upper appendage).

Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii)
Female abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr215 17/05/2010 10:49 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr216 22/05/2017 15:18 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr243 19/05/2009 10:56 Italy F8 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr244 19/05/2015 11:26 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr245 16/05/2007 13:00 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr246 02/06/2011 11:20 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr292 09/05/2007 09:38 Italy F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr294 30/06/2011 13:05 Italy F8 1/80 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr295 24/07/2009 19:10 Spain F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr297 26/05/2008 10:32 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr298 02/06/2011 13:37 Italy F8 1/25 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr338 26/05/2008 10:16 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr419 04/06/2010 13:25 Spain F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr420 11/06/2015 15:22 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr293 16/05/2007 13:10 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr423 05/06/2006 12:44 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF