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Fiery Skimmer (Orthetrum villosovittatum)

The Fiery Skimmer (Orthetrum villosovittatum) 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, 14 of which are pertinent to Orthetrum villosovittatum. 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.
 LibellulidaeFiery Skimmer
(Orthetrum villosovittatum)
  • 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

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  • ● Forewing triangle crossed
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 27 of 67

  • ○ Hind margin of eye uniformly curved
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 28 of 67

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  • ● Some double cells between IR3 and Rspl

    ⇒ genus: Orthetrum
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 29 of 67

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  • ● Small reddish-brown to yellowish-brown spot at base of hindwing
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 30 of 67

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  • ● Side of synthorax unicolorous, yellowish, red to brown, or pruinescent, lower margins of epimera sometimes darkened
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 32 of 67

  • ○ Thorax and abdomen yellow, orange or red
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 33 of 67

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  • ● Abdominal segment 4 markedly narrower than segments 3 and 5

    ⇒ species: Fiery Skimmer (Orthetrum villosovittatum)
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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 27 of 67

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  • ● Small tongue-like evagination from central hind margin of eye

    ⇒ species: Swamp Flat-Tail (Austrothemis nigrescens) (part)
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  • ○ Hind margin of eye uniformly curved

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 28 of 67

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  • ● Some double cells between IR3 and Rspl

    ⇒ genus: Orthetrum
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  • ● Only one row of cells between IR3 and Rspl

    ⇒ species: Red Arrow (Rhodothemis lieftincki) (part)

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 29 of 67

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  • ● Small reddish-brown to yellowish-brown spot at base of hindwing
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  • ○ Hindwing clear at base

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 30 of 67

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  • ● Side of synthorax striped black and yellow
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  • ● Side of synthorax unicolorous, yellowish, red to brown, or pruinescent, lower margins of epimera sometimes darkened

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 32 of 67

  • ○ Abdomen yellow, extensively marked with black, becoming pruinescent blue in mature males, mature females slightly pruinescent

    ⇒ species: Brownwater Skimmer (Orthetrum boumiera)
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  • ○ Thorax and abdomen yellow, orange or red

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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 33 of 67

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  • ● Male abdomen evenly tapered, not constricted on segment 4
    ● Female abdominal segment 4 little narrower than segment 3, approximately equal in width to segment 5

    ⇒ species: Rosy Skimmer (Orthetrum migratum)
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  • ● Abdominal segment 4 markedly narrower than segments 3 and 5

    ⇒ species: Fiery Skimmer (Orthetrum villosovittatum)

Australian distribution