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First 2012 Dragon

Observed: 3rd March 2012 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates

... for an excited me, that is, and it was a bit of a surprise when it landed beside me last week whilst wandering about the island of Madeira.
This looks very like a Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) and if I'm reading the literature correctly, the fact that this is on Madeira makes it a derivative of S. striolatum, called an Island Darter (S. nigrifemur). This individual's femurs certainly look quite black, though not completely so.

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For RoyW ...

... if you find this, as I hope you will, I've been trying to email you but your ntlworld.com email address has been getting permanently rejected, today, at least.

Are they suffering a technical glitch or have you changed, I wonder?


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S. nigrifemur or S. striolatum nigrifemur?

I don't think that the taxonomical status of "nigrifemur" has really been cleared up yet (dna studies will probably be needed).

You are correct though that on Madeira this will be the identification.
Not one that I've seen yet though.

How closely did you look at this one (or the photo)?

email should be OK now btw.

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Not closely enough, clearly!

I was so stuck on the femurs. It's another darn male colouration female, isn't it - widely spaced, shorter appendages? Not to mention the abdominal side lines extending the length of the abdomen.