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Beautiful Petaltail (Petalura pulcherrima)

The Beautiful Petaltail (Petalura pulcherrima) is a dragonfly species of the family Petaluridae, which contains 5 species in Australia.

The identification key to the family Petaluridae consists of 4 couplets, 3 of which are pertinent to Petalura pulcherrima. 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.
 PetaluridaeBeautiful Petaltail
(Petalura pulcherrima)
  • Petaluridae: Key couplet 1 of 4

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Pale stripes present on front and sides of thorax
  • b ↑
  • Petaluridae: Key couplet 2 of 4

  • couplet drawingcouplet drawing
  • ● Abdominal terga 3-7 with sharply-defined, pale basal and apical rings
  • b ↑
  • Petaluridae: Key couplet 4 of 4

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Anterior frons largely yellow
    ● Postclypeus black with yellow spot each side

    ⇒ species: Beautiful Petaltail (Petalura pulcherrima)
  • b ↑
1  
  • Petaluridae: Key couplet 1 of 4

  • ○ Synthorax lacking stripes

    ⇒ species: Western Petaltail (Petalura hesperia)
a ↑
b ↓
  • couplet drawing
  • ● Pale stripes present on front and sides of thorax

2  
  • Petaluridae: Key couplet 2 of 4

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Abdomen with ill-defined, pale dorsal and lateral longitudinal stripes, and no pale basal or apical rings
a ↑
b ↓
  • couplet drawingcouplet drawing
  • ● Abdominal terga 3-7 with sharply-defined, pale basal and apical rings

3  
  • Petaluridae: Key couplet 4 of 4

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Anterior frons largely black
    ● Postclypeus generally black

    ⇒ species: Giant Petaltail (Petalura ingentissima)
a ↑
b ↓
  • couplet drawing
  • ● Anterior frons largely yellow
    ● Postclypeus black with yellow spot each side

    ⇒ species: Beautiful Petaltail (Petalura pulcherrima)

Australian distribution