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Metallic Flatwing (Griseargiolestes metallicus)

The Metallic Flatwing (Griseargiolestes metallicus) is a damselfly species of the family Megapodagrionidae, which contains 22 species in Australia.

The identification key to the family Megapodagrionidae consists of 31 couplets, 7 of which are pertinent to Griseargiolestes metallicus. 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.
 MegapodagrionidaeMetallic Flatwing
(Griseargiolestes metallicus)
  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 1 of 31

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  • ○ Smaller, with abdomen shorter than 42 mm, hindwings shorter than 35 mm
    ● Fewer than 27 postnodals
  • b ↑
  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 2 of 31

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  • ● Generally two, sometimes three, cells in discoidal field between discoidal cell and level of subnodus
    ● Male superior anal appendage without ventral spur
  • b ↑
  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 22 of 31

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  • ● Pale humeral stripe well developed, conspicuous
    ○ From eastern Australia

    ⇒ genus: Griseargiolestes
  • a ↑
  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 23 of 31

  • ○ Labium pale
  • b ↑
  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 24 of 31

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  • ● Black marking on metepimeron reduced to a small patch, occupying less than one third of length and width of epimeron
  • a ↑
  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 25 of 31

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  • ● Anterior part of metakatepisternum dark brown
    ○ Non-pruinescent species
  • a ↑
  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 26 of 31

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  • ● Black marking on metepimeron reduced to tiny patch
    ● Male superior anal appendages widely arched, inferiors bifid

    ⇒ species: Metallic Flatwing (Griseargiolestes metallicus)
  • a ↑
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  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 1 of 31

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  • ○ Large, with abdomen longer than 42 mm
    ○ hindwings longer than 40 mm
    ● More than 27 postnodals

    ⇒ species: Treehole Flatwing (Podopteryx selysi)
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b ↓
  • couplet drawing
  • ○ Smaller, with abdomen shorter than 42 mm, hindwings shorter than 35 mm
    ● Fewer than 27 postnodals

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  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 2 of 31

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  • ● Generally three or more cells, rarely two in discoidal field between discoidal cell and level of subnodus
    ● Male superior anal appendages with ventral spur

    ⇒ genus: Austroargiolestes
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b ↓
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  • ● Generally two, sometimes three, cells in discoidal field between discoidal cell and level of subnodus
    ● Male superior anal appendage without ventral spur

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  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 22 of 31

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  • ● Pale humeral stripe well developed, conspicuous
    ○ From eastern Australia

    ⇒ genus: Griseargiolestes
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b ↓
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  • ● Pale humeral stripe vestigial or absent
    ○ From south-western Australia

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  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 23 of 31

  • ○ Labium dark brown to black

    ⇒ species: Springs Flatwing (Griseargiolestes fontanus)
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b ↓
  • ○ Labium pale

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  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 24 of 31

  • couplet drawingcouplet drawing
  • ● Black marking on metepimeron reduced to a small patch, occupying less than one third of length and width of epimeron
a ↑
b ↓
  • couplet drawingcouplet drawing
  • ● Black marking on metepimeron much more extensive, occupying approximately half of width and at least one third of length of epimeron

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  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 25 of 31

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  • ● Anterior part of metakatepisternum dark brown
    ○ Non-pruinescent species
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b ↓
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  • ● Metakatepisternum entirely pale yellow
    ○ Body partly pruinescent in mature individuals

    ⇒ species: Coastal Flatwing (Griseargiolestes albescens)

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  • Megapodagrionidae: Key couplet 26 of 31

  • couplet drawingcouplet drawing
  • ● Black marking on metepimeron reduced to tiny patch
    ● Male superior anal appendages widely arched, inferiors bifid

    ⇒ species: Metallic Flatwing (Griseargiolestes metallicus)
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b ↓
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  • ● Black marking on metepimeron covering approximately one third of its length and width
    ● Male superior anal appendages bent, inferiors simple

    ⇒ species: Turquoise Flatwing (Griseargiolestes bucki)

Australian distribution