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Elusive Archtail (Nannophlebia eludens)

The Elusive Archtail (Nannophlebia eludens) 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, 5 of which are pertinent to Nannophlebia eludens. 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.
 LibellulidaeElusive Archtail
(Nannophlebia eludens)
  • 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 rounded, poorly developed, of three to five cells
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 10 of 67

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  • ● Basal side of hindwing triangle close to or at arculus

    ⇒ genus: Nannophlebia
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 11 of 67

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  • ● Abdominal tergum 4 with small, central yellow spot

    ⇒ species: Elusive Archtail (Nannophlebia eludens)
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 1 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Distal antenodal of forewing complete, both costal and subcostal sections present
a ↑
b ↓
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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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b ↓
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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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b ↓
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  • ● Anal loop well developed, generally stocking-shaped, usually closed at tip

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 10 of 67

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  • ● Basal side of hindwing triangle well beyond arculus

    ⇒ species: Rainforest Elf (Tetrathemis irregularis cladophila)
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b ↓
  • couplet drawing
  • ● Basal side of hindwing triangle close to or at arculus

    ⇒ genus: Nannophlebia

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 11 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Abdominal tergum 4 with small, central yellow spot

    ⇒ species: Elusive Archtail (Nannophlebia eludens)
a ↑
b ↓
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  • ● Abdominal tergum 4 with two yellow spots, one central and one in basal half, sometimes fused

Australian distribution