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Ischnura saharensis

• Scientific name: Ischnura saharensis Aguesse, 1958
• English name: Sahara Bluetail
• German name: Sahara-Pechlibelle
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Saharalantaarntje
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: N/A
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 26-31 mm
• Hindwing: 12-17 mm

Ischnura saharensis

Distribution map

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

The Sahara Bluetail (Ischnura saharensis) belongs to the so-called elegans-group (together with Ischnura elegans, genei and graellsii, with which it shares many characteristics). The species occurs mainly in North-Africa, where it overlaps to some extent with Ischnura graellsii, from which the females in particular may be quite difficult to distinguish. By contrast, the male saharensis (green even when mature) is fairly easy to tell apart from the light-blue mature male graellsii. To date our photographs of the species were all made in Tunisia but we are hoping to find and photograph it on a future field trip to the Canary Islands, where the species is not known to overlap with graellsii. [Update: in May/June 2014 we did indeed manage to photograph the species on the Canary Islands, and most the photographs below are in fact from that field trip.]

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