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Inland Hunter (Austrogomphus australis)

The Inland Hunter (Austrogomphus australis) is a dragonfly species of the family Gomphidae, which contains 35 species in Australia.

The identification key to the family Gomphidae consists of 47 couplets, 12 of which are pertinent to Austrogomphus australis. Click on the numbers on the right to display the corresponding couplets. Or click on the ALLin1 button to see all the relevant couplets together in a single, scrollable window.

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 GomphidaeInland Hunter
(Austrogomphus australis)
  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 1 of 47

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  • ● Generally no incomplete antenodal crossvein proximal to Ax1 in any wing
    ● End of abdomen not elongate, mid-dorsal length of abdominal tergum 9 less than 2.3 mm in male, 2.1 mm in female
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 10 of 47

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  • ● Superior anal appendages parallel or divergent, not converging at tips, each bearing a long, curved ventrobasal branch
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 19 of 47

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  • ● Anterior of abdominal segments 3 and 4 with mid-dorsal yellow band, sometimes narrow, or entirely yellow
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 27 of 47

  • ○ Abdominal terga 9-10 usually marked with black or chocolate brown
    ○ If yellow or reddish, then tergum 8 substantially black
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 32 of 47

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  • ● Metanepisternum substantially pale
    ● Pterostigma yellow, brown or black, its length more than 3.3 times its maximum width
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 33 of 47

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  • ● Black and yellow or greenish-yellow, lacking lilac colouration
    ● Metepimeron posteriorly not margined with brown
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 35 of 47

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  • ● Antehumeral stripe aslant, isolated or its lower end fused with collar
    ● Black mark on lower mesepimeron extending to level of, or engulfing, metastigma
    ● If not, metapleural suture lined with black

    ⇒ genus: Austrogomphus
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 39 of 47

  • ○ Abdominal segment 10 yellow, or black and yellow above
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 42 of 47

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  • ● Antehumeral stripe usually isolated from collar
    ● If fused, a black stripe present along all or most of line of intersegmental suture, interrupted for, at most, a third of length, above metastigma
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 44 of 47

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  • ● Abdominal tergum 8 with basal, mid-dorsal yellow stripe, sometimes short, and lacking basal yellow ring
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 45 of 47

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  • ● Superior appendage evenly tapered
    ● Rear of female occiput bearing three large, black teeth, two lateral and one central
    ● Vulvar scale more or less triangular
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 46 of 47

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  • ● Abdominal tergum 9 yellow in female, usually substantially or entirely yellow in male
    ○ From eastern Australia

    ⇒ species: Inland Hunter (Austrogomphus australis)
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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 1 of 47

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  • ● Incomplete (subcostal) antenodal crossvein proximal to Ax1 usually present in forewings, sometimes lacking in hindwings
    ● End of abdomen elongate, mid-dorsal length of abdominal tergum 9 more than 2.4 mm in male, 2.3 mm in female

    ⇒ genus: Antipodogomphus
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  • ● Generally no incomplete antenodal crossvein proximal to Ax1 in any wing
    ● End of abdomen not elongate, mid-dorsal length of abdominal tergum 9 less than 2.3 mm in male, 2.1 mm in female

2 Male only
  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 10 of 47

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  • ● Superior anal appendages parallel or divergent, not converging at tips, each bearing a long, curved ventrobasal branch
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  • ● Superior anal appendages converging at tips, bearing basal, ventral to lateral spine or toothed spur

3 Female only
  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 19 of 47

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  • ● Anterior part of abdominal segments 3 and 4, in front of supplementary transverse carina, with broad, mid-dorsal black patch or band
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  • ● Anterior of abdominal segments 3 and 4 with mid-dorsal yellow band, sometimes narrow, or entirely yellow

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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 27 of 47

  • ○ Abdominal terga 9-10 yellow or pale reddish brown
    ○ Tergum 8 similar or with dark reddish brown to black distal half
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  • ○ Abdominal terga 9-10 usually marked with black or chocolate brown
    ○ If yellow or reddish, then tergum 8 substantially black

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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 32 of 47

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  • ● Metanepisternum black, with small yellow dorsal spot
    ● Pterostigma black, swollen, its length less than 3.3 times its maximum width

    ⇒ species: Twinspot Hunter (Austroepigomphus praeruptus)
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  • ● Metanepisternum substantially pale
    ● Pterostigma yellow, brown or black, its length more than 3.3 times its maximum width

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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 33 of 47

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  • ● Brown and cream-coloured, with lilac colouration on side of synthorax, or brown and greenish yellow
    ● Lower half of metepimeron posteriorly margined with brown

    ⇒ genus: Zephyrogomphus
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  • ● Black and yellow or greenish-yellow, lacking lilac colouration
    ● Metepimeron posteriorly not margined with brown

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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 35 of 47

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  • ● Antehumeral stripe with inner margin almost parallel to dorsal carina, its lower end fused with collar
    ● Black mark on lower mesepimeron not extending to metastigma
    ● Metapleural suture not lined with black

    ⇒ genus: Austrogomphus
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  • ● Antehumeral stripe aslant, isolated or its lower end fused with collar
    ● Black mark on lower mesepimeron extending to level of, or engulfing, metastigma
    ● If not, metapleural suture lined with black

    ⇒ genus: Austrogomphus

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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 39 of 47

  • ○ Abdominal segment 10 black above
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  • ○ Abdominal segment 10 yellow, or black and yellow above

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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 42 of 47

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  • ● Antehumeral stripe broadly fused with collar, forming inverted figure '7'
    ● Black stripe along line of intersegmental suture of synthorax extending to just above metastigma, with or without small spot below subalar ridge
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  • ● Antehumeral stripe usually isolated from collar
    ● If fused, a black stripe present along all or most of line of intersegmental suture, interrupted for, at most, a third of length, above metastigma

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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 44 of 47

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  • ● Abdominal tergum 8 with basal, mid-dorsal yellow stripe, sometimes short, and lacking basal yellow ring
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  • ● Abdominal tergum 8 without mid-dorsal yellow fleck, and generally with basal yellow ring, sometimes substantially yellow

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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 45 of 47

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  • ● Superior appendage of male swollen on upper surface just before tip
    ○ Female occiput unarmed
    ● Vulvar scale narrow, elongate
    ○ [The pterostigma is slightly swollen and usually 'windowed', with a heavy, blackish outer margin and a paler centre, commonly pale brown]

    ⇒ species: Jade Hunter (Austrogomphus ochraceus)
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  • ● Superior appendage evenly tapered
    ● Rear of female occiput bearing three large, black teeth, two lateral and one central
    ● Vulvar scale more or less triangular

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  • Gomphidae: Key couplet 46 of 47

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  • ● Abdominal tergum 9 yellow in female, usually substantially or entirely yellow in male
    ○ From eastern Australia

    ⇒ species: Inland Hunter (Austrogomphus australis)
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  • ● Abdominal tergum 9 black and yellow in female, extensively black with variably narrow, yellow basal ring in male
    ○ From south-western Australia

    ⇒ species: Western Inland Hunter (Austrogomphus collaris)

Australian distribution