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Zuidelijke glanslibel (Somatochlora meridionalis)

• English name: Balkan Emerald
• German name: Balkan-Smaragdlibelle
• French name: Cordulie méridionale
• Dutch name: Zuidelijke glanslibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Smeralda meridionale
• Czech name: lesklice jižní
• Slovenian name: Sredozemski lesketnik
• Bulgarian name: Речна зеленка

Zuidelijke glanslibel (Somatochlora meridionalis)

Distribution map Somatochlora meridionalis

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


General ➤ a fairly large, metallic-green species which occurs only in the South-East
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Corduliidae
Scientific name Somatochlora meridionalis Nielsen, 1935
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • very similar to Somatochlora metallica but the two species rarely co-occur
  • cordulids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • shaded rivers and streams which, in summer, may be reduced to a trickle-connected chain of pools
Dimensions • typical body length: 50-55 mm; hindwing: 34-38 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green (brown in immature animals)
 Thorax➤ the thorax is metallic green with bronze-brown reflections and with a yellow spot on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is fairly uniformly metallic green
  • the abdomen is not very club-shaped
 Wings➤ the wings do not have orange patches at the base
FemaleAbdomen➤ the abdomen bears a long vulvar scale
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen in dorsal view, and the female's head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view.

Cordulia aenea (left), Somatochlora metallica (centre) and S. meridionalis (right); vulvar scale
Note: In S. meridionalis the vulvar scale is very long and sits perpendicular to the abdomen.

Somatochlora metallica (left) and S. meridionalis (right); thorax
Note: In S. meridionalis the thorax bears a yellow spot.

Balkan Emerald (Somatochlora meridionalis)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Balkan Emerald (Somatochlora meridionalis)
Female head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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