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Wandering Pennant (Macrodiplax cora)

The Wandering Pennant (Macrodiplax cora) is a dragonfly species of the family Libellulidae, which contains 56 species in Australia.

The identification key to the family Libellulidae consists of 67 couplets, 10 of which are pertinent to Macrodiplax cora. 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.
 LibellulidaeWandering Pennant
(Macrodiplax cora)
  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 1 of 67

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  • ● Distal antenodal of forewing complete, both costal and subcostal sections present
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 2 of 67

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  • ● Anal loop present
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 9 of 67

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  • ● Anal loop well developed, generally stocking-shaped, usually closed at tip
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 14 of 67

  • ○ Not as above
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 15 of 67

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  • ● Base of hindwing triangle at or proximal to arculus
    ○ Top of frons, if metallic, dully so
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 20 of 67

  • ○ Smaller dragonflies, hindwing up to 40 mm long
    ○ Wings patterned or hyaline
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 21 of 67

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  • ● Subtriangle of forewing with three or more cells
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 24 of 67

  • ○ Forewing triangle free
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 25 of 67

  • ○ Fewer than nine antenodal crossveins
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 26 of 67

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  • ● Abdomen of male red with mid-dorsal black stripe
    ● Vulvar scale of female vestigial

    ⇒ species: Wandering Pennant (Macrodiplax cora)
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 1 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Distal antenodal of forewing complete, both costal and subcostal sections present
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  • ● Distal antenodal of forewing incomplete, only the costal section present

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 2 of 67

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  • ● Hindwing lacking anal loop

    ⇒ genus: Nannophya
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  • ● Anal loop present

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 9 of 67

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  • ● Anal loop rounded, poorly developed, of three to five cells
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  • ● Anal loop well developed, generally stocking-shaped, usually closed at tip

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 14 of 67

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  • ○ Small (hindwing c. 25 mm)
    ● Synthorax and abdomen black with well-defined pale yellowish green markings

    ⇒ species: Forestwatcher (Huonia melvillensis) (part)
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  • ○ Not as above

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 15 of 67

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  • ● Base of hindwing triangle just beyond to well beyond arculus
    ○ Top of frons brilliant metallic blue or green, particularly in male
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  • ● Base of hindwing triangle at or proximal to arculus
    ○ Top of frons, if metallic, dully so

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 20 of 67

  • ○ Large dragonflies, hindwing 45 mm or longer, wing membrane extensively marked with reddish- or blackish-brown

    ⇒ species: Black Knight (Camacinia othello) (part)
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  • ○ Smaller dragonflies, hindwing up to 40 mm long
    ○ Wings patterned or hyaline

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 21 of 67

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  • ● Subtriangle of forewing single-celled
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  • ● Subtriangle of forewing with three or more cells

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 24 of 67

  • ○ Forewing triangle free
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  • ● Forewing triangle crossed

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 25 of 67

  • ○ More than nine antenodal crossveins

    ⇒ species: Red Arrow (Rhodothemis lieftincki) (part)
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  • ○ Fewer than nine antenodal crossveins

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 26 of 67

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  • ● Abdomen of male red above except for small, mid-dorsal dark spots on segment 8-9
    ● Vulvar scale of female elongate, extending the length of segment 9

    ⇒ species: Red Baron (Urothemis aliena)
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  • ● Abdomen of male red with mid-dorsal black stripe
    ● Vulvar scale of female vestigial

    ⇒ species: Wandering Pennant (Macrodiplax cora)

Australian distribution