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Sympetrum sinaiticum

• Scientific name: Sympetrum sinaiticum Dumont, 1977
• English name: Desert Darter
• German name: Wüsten-Heidelibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Woestijnheidelibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Cardinale del deserto
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 34-37 mm
• Hindwing: 24-29 mm

Sympetrum sinaiticum

Distribution map

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

The Desert Darter's presence is Europe is restricted to a few coastal areas in Southern and Eastern Spain. The species is at home in the arid regions of North-Africa and the Middle-East. Sympetrum sinaiticum is about the same size as S. striolatum but is much paler in its colouration. The species' most distinguishing feature, which both sexes share and which makes it easily distinguishable from a similarly pale species like S. meridionale, is a line of black bars on the side of abdominal segments 2 and 3. We first photographed the species in the desert oases of Central Tunisia, where it occurred in good numbers, and then later in the south of Spain (where, unfortunately, we saw very few individuals).

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

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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1267 22/09/2014 13:02 Espagne F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1316 09/10/2009 11:47 Tunisie F8 1/350 100mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF