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Southern Pinfly (Neosticta canescens)

The Southern Pinfly (Neosticta canescens) is a damselfly species of the family Isostictidae, which contains 15 species in Australia.

The identification key to the family Isostictidae consists of 22 couplets, 7 of which are pertinent to Neosticta canescens. 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.
 IsostictidaeSouthern Pinfly
(Neosticta canescens)
  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 1 of 22

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  • ● CuP three or more cells long
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  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 14 of 22

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  • ● Ac in hindwing distal to, or aligned with, Ax1
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  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 15 of 22

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  • ● Superior anal appendages of male much longer than inferiors
    ○ Anal appendages of female black

    ⇒ genus: Neosticta
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  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 17 of 22

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  • ● Upper margin of posterior lobe of pronotum slightly bowed upwards on each side of midline, then downturned towards lateral horns
    ● Superior appendages cleaver-shaped, or forcipate
  • b ↑
  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 18 of 22

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  • ● Broad, pale antehumeral band over outer, lower half to two-thirds of front of synthorax
    ● Superior appendages cleaver-shaped

    ⇒ species: Southern Pinfly (Neosticta canescens)
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  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 19 of 22

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  • ● Posterior lobe of pronotum strongly produced and swollen in midline, its height more than half its width
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  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 20 of 22

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  • ● Hind margin of proepimeron inflated, black

    ⇒ species: Southern Pinfly (Neosticta canescens)
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  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 1 of 22

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  • ● CuP one or two cells long, occasionally none
a ↑
b ↓
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  • ● CuP three or more cells long

2  
  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 14 of 22

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  • ● Ac in hindwing proximal to Ax1

    ⇒ species: Rock Narrow-Wing (Lithosticta macra)
a ↑
b ↓
  • couplet drawing
  • ● Ac in hindwing distal to, or aligned with, Ax1

3  
  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 15 of 22

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  • ● Superior anal appendages of male much longer than inferiors
    ○ Anal appendages of female black

    ⇒ genus: Neosticta
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b ↓
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  • ● Superior anal appendages of male shorter than inferiors
    ○ Anal appendages of female pale

    ⇒ genus: Austrosticta

4 Male only
  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 17 of 22

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  • ● Upper margin of posterior lobe of pronotum lowest in midline, appearing shallowly V-shaped in frontal view
    ● Superior appendages cleaver-shaped

    ⇒ species: Tropical Pinfly (Neosticta fraseri)
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b ↓
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  • ● Upper margin of posterior lobe of pronotum slightly bowed upwards on each side of midline, then downturned towards lateral horns
    ● Superior appendages cleaver-shaped, or forcipate

5 Male only
  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 18 of 22

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  • ● Broad, pale antehumeral band over outer, lower half to two-thirds of front of synthorax
    ● Superior appendages cleaver-shaped

    ⇒ species: Southern Pinfly (Neosticta canescens)
a ↑
b ↓
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  • ● Front of synthorax entirely dark, or with pale, antehumeral stripe over outer, lower quarter to third
    ● Superior appendages forcipate with rounded, inner swelling near tip

    ⇒ species: Forest Pinfly (Neosticta silvarum)

6 Female only
  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 19 of 22

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  • ● Posterior lobe of pronotum low, its height in midline less than half its width
    ● Hind border of proepimeron excavate, cowl-shaped, with dark rim

    ⇒ species: Tropical Pinfly (Neosticta fraseri)
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b ↓
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  • ● Posterior lobe of pronotum strongly produced and swollen in midline, its height more than half its width

7 Female only
  • Isostictidae: Key couplet 20 of 22

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  • ● Hind margin of proepimeron inflated, black

    ⇒ species: Southern Pinfly (Neosticta canescens)
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b ↓
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  • ● Hind margin of proepimeron not inflated, bordered by ridges

    ⇒ species: Forest Pinfly (Neosticta silvarum)

Australian distribution