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Slender Duskhawker (Gynacantha kirbyi)

The Slender Duskhawker (Gynacantha kirbyi) is a dragonfly species of the family Aeshnidae, which contains 13 species in Australia.

The identification key to the family Aeshnidae consists of 12 couplets, 7 of which are pertinent to Gynacantha kirbyi. 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.
 AeshnidaeSlender Duskhawker
(Gynacantha kirbyi)
  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 1 of 12

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  • ● Prominent fork of IR3 near or proximal to level of basal end of pterostigma in both wings
    ● Anal margin of hindwing rounded in female, angulated in male, forming anal triangle
    ● Male with auricles
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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 5 of 12

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  • ● Space between CuP and 1A of hindwing slightly and continuously tapering from proximal to distal end, proximal portion usually one, occasionally two cells wide
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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 6 of 12

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  • ● Anal triangle of male broad or narrow, with three or more cells
    ● Dentigerous plate of female two-pronged
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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 7 of 12

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  • ● Front of synthorax dull brown or green, pale or dark, with or without an ill-defined pale patch in lower, outer corner
    ○ Abdominal segments 4-7 with, at most, small pale spots, often almost unpatterned

    ⇒ genus: Gynacantha
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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 8 of 12

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  • ● Top of frons with variably dark mid-dorsal line, commonly forming T-shaped mark with dark transverse mark on crest
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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 9 of 12

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  • ● Segment 3 strongly constricted, width of 'waist' c. 1.1 mm or less in male, 1.5 mm in female
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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 10 of 12

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  • ● Superior anal appendages of male slender, produced into a long, slender point, inferior appendage viewed from above about the same length as, or somewhat shorter than, segment 10
    ○ Female frons relatively narrow, less than 4 mm wide
    ○ Base of hindwing brown to dark brown as far as basal antenodal crossvein, sometimes to arculus

    ⇒ species: Slender Duskhawker (Gynacantha kirbyi)
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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 1 of 12

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  • ● Last prominent fork of IR3 at or near level of distal end of pterostigma in both wings
    ● Margin of hindwing rounded in both sexes, male lacking anal triangle and auricles

    ⇒ genus: Anax
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  • ● Prominent fork of IR3 near or proximal to level of basal end of pterostigma in both wings
    ● Anal margin of hindwing rounded in female, angulated in male, forming anal triangle
    ● Male with auricles

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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 5 of 12

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  • ● Space between CuP and 1A of hindwing slightly and continuously tapering from proximal to distal end, proximal portion usually one, occasionally two cells wide
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  • ● Space between CuP and 1A of hindwing two to three cells wide proximally, narrowing to half or less in width over central third

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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 6 of 12

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  • ● Anal triangle of male narrow, two-celled
    ● Dentigerous plate of female three-pronged

    ⇒ species: Trifid Duskhawker (Agyrtacantha dirupta)
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  • ● Anal triangle of male broad or narrow, with three or more cells
    ● Dentigerous plate of female two-pronged

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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 7 of 12

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  • ● Front of synthorax with long, slanting pale stripe on each side
    ○ Abdominal segments 4-7 with prominent basal, central and apical pale, yellowish spots

    ⇒ species: Australian Duskhawker (Austrogynacantha heterogena)
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  • ● Front of synthorax dull brown or green, pale or dark, with or without an ill-defined pale patch in lower, outer corner
    ○ Abdominal segments 4-7 with, at most, small pale spots, often almost unpatterned

    ⇒ genus: Gynacantha

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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 8 of 12

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  • ● Top of frons with faint darkening in midline

    ⇒ species: Cave Duskhawker (Gynacantha nourlangie)
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  • ● Top of frons with variably dark mid-dorsal line, commonly forming T-shaped mark with dark transverse mark on crest

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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 9 of 12

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  • ● Segment 3 strongly constricted, width of 'waist' c. 1.1 mm or less in male, 1.5 mm in female
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  • ● Segment 3 less strongly constricted, width of 'waist' c. 1.3 mm or more in male, 1.8 mm or more in female

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  • Aeshnidae: Key couplet 10 of 12

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  • ● Superior anal appendages of male slender, produced into a long, slender point, inferior appendage viewed from above about the same length as, or somewhat shorter than, segment 10
    ○ Female frons relatively narrow, less than 4 mm wide
    ○ Base of hindwing brown to dark brown as far as basal antenodal crossvein, sometimes to arculus

    ⇒ species: Slender Duskhawker (Gynacantha kirbyi)
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  • ● Superior anal appendages of male broadened in distal half, more or less rounded at tip, inferior appendage longer than segment 10
    ○ Female frons more than 4 mm wide
    ○ Pigmented patch at base of hindwing, if present, pale brown, generally not extending beyond membranule

    ⇒ species: Paddle-Tipped Duskhawker (Gynacantha mocsaryi)

Australian distribution