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Whitewater Rockmaster (Diphlebia lestoides)

The Whitewater Rockmaster (Diphlebia lestoides) is a damselfly species of the family Diphlebiidae, which contains 5 species in Australia.

The identification key to the family Diphlebiidae consists of 9 couplets, 4 of which are pertinent to Diphlebia lestoides. 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.

#FamilySpeciesCouplet No.
 DiphlebiidaeWhitewater Rockmaster
(Diphlebia lestoides)
  • Diphlebiidae: Key couplet 2 of 9

  • ○ Terga 4-6 largely blue or grey above, without broad, mid-dorsal black stripe
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  • Diphlebiidae: Key couplet 5 of 9

  • ○ Segment 10 and superior anal appendages largely blue above
    ○ Wings with or without white cross bar and darkened tip

    ⇒ species: Whitewater Rockmaster (Diphlebia lestoides)
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  • Diphlebiidae: Key couplet 6 of 9

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  • ● Abdominal terga 4-7 with or without black mid-dorsal line
    ● Segments 8, 9 black with pale markings
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  • Diphlebiidae: Key couplet 7 of 9

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  • ● Dark mid-dorsal line, if present, of almost uniform width on terga 2-7, except for transverse black bar on supplementary transverse carina, sometimes extending to end of segment

    ⇒ species: Whitewater Rockmaster (Diphlebia lestoides)
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1 Male only
  • Diphlebiidae: Key couplet 2 of 9

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  • ● Terga 4-6 black above, at least in midline
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  • ○ Terga 4-6 largely blue or grey above, without broad, mid-dorsal black stripe

2 Male only
  • Diphlebiidae: Key couplet 5 of 9

  • ○ Segment 10 and superior anal appendages black
    ○ Apical half of wings with brownish black bar c. 10 mm wide, pale brown in tenerals, tip clear

    ⇒ species: Giant Rockmaster (Diphlebia hybridoides)
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b ↓
  • ○ Segment 10 and superior anal appendages largely blue above
    ○ Wings with or without white cross bar and darkened tip

    ⇒ species: Whitewater Rockmaster (Diphlebia lestoides)

3 Female only
  • Diphlebiidae: Key couplet 6 of 9

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  • ● Abdominal terga 4-7 without black mid-dorsal line, or with line of darkening confined to dorsal ridge
    ● Segments 8-10 entirely black

    ⇒ species: Giant Rockmaster (Diphlebia hybridoides)
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b ↓
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  • ● Abdominal terga 4-7 with or without black mid-dorsal line
    ● Segments 8, 9 black with pale markings

4 Female only
  • Diphlebiidae: Key couplet 7 of 9

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Dark mid-dorsal line, if present, of almost uniform width on terga 2-7, except for transverse black bar on supplementary transverse carina, sometimes extending to end of segment

    ⇒ species: Whitewater Rockmaster (Diphlebia lestoides)
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b ↓
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  • ● Dark mid-dorsal line on terga 2 and 3 considerably narrower than on terga 4-7, or missing, distal black dorsal patch on segments 4-6 more or less onion-shaped, rounded at sides

Australian distribution