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Checklist, scientific names

Below is a checklist of all the European dragonfly and damselfly species, with their scientific names. It's largely based on Dijkstra, Schröter and Lewington's excellent Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe, 2nd edition (2020). For a list of the species which we have excluded from our European checklist, please click here.


We now have photographs available of 133 of the 134 species listed below.


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#SuborderFamilyGenusSpecies
1ZygopteraLestidaeLestesLestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
2   Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 Preview
3   Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836) Preview
4   Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
5   Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
6  ChalcolestesChalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
7   Chalcolestes parvidens (Artobolevsky, 1929) Preview
8  SympecmaSympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
9   Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877) Preview
10 CalopterygidaeCalopteryxCalopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Preview
11   Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
12   Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
13   Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
14 EuphaeidaeEpallageEpallage fatime (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
15 PlatycnemididaePlatycnemisPlatycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Preview
16   Platycnemis acutipennis Selys, 1841 Preview
17   Platycnemis latipes Rambur, 1842 Preview
18 CoenagrionidaeIschnuraIschnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
19   Ischnura genei (Rambur, 1842) Preview
20   Ischnura graellsii (Rambur, 1842) Preview
21   Ischnura saharensis Aguesse, 1958 Preview
22   Ischnura fountaineae Morton, 1905 Preview
23   Ischnura senegalensis (Rambur, 1842) Preview
24   Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
25   Ischnura intermedia Dumont, 1974 Preview
26   Ischnura hastata (Say, 1839) Preview
27  EnallagmaEnallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
28  CoenagrionCoenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
29   Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
30   Coenagrion intermedium Lohmann, 1990 Preview
31   Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
32   Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850) Preview
33   Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
34   Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
35   Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
36   Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
37   Coenagrion hylas (Trybom, 1889) Preview
38   Coenagrion johanssoni (Wallengren, 1894) Preview
39   Coenagrion armatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
40  ErythrommaErythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
41   Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
42   Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840) Preview
43  PyrrhosomaPyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
44   Pyrrhosoma elisabethae Schmidt, 1948 Preview
45  CeriagrionCeriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
46   Ceriagrion georgifreyi Schmidt, 1953 Preview
47  NehalenniaNehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
48AnisopteraAeshnidaeAeshnaAeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 Preview
49   Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 Preview
50   Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) Preview
51   Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
52   Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783) Preview
53   Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) Preview
54   Aeshna viridis Eversmann, 1836 Preview
55   Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
56   Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908 Preview
57   Aeshna serrata Hagen, 1856 Preview
58   Aeshna crenata Hagen, 1856 Preview
59  AnaxAnax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
60   Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
61   Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
62   Anax immaculifrons Rambur, 1842 Preview
63  BrachytronBrachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
64  BoyeriaBoyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
65   Boyeria cretensis Peters, 1991 Preview
66  CaliaeschnaCaliaeschna microstigma (Schneider, 1845) Preview
67 GomphidaeGomphusGomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
68   Gomphus schneiderii Selys, 1850 Preview
69   Gomphus graslinii Rambur, 1842 Preview
70   Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840 Preview
71   Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840 Preview
72  StylurusStylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
73  OphiogomphusOphiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785) Preview
74  OnychogomphusOnychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
75   Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
76   Onychogomphus cazuma (Barona, Cardo & Díaz, 2020)
77   Onychogomphus costae Selys, 1885 Preview
78  ParagomphusParagomphus genei (Selys, 1841) Preview
79  LindeniaLindenia tetraphylla (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
80 CordulegastridaeCordulegasterCordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
81   Cordulegaster trinacriae Waterston, 1976 Preview
82   Cordulegaster heros Theischinger, 1979 Preview
83   Cordulegaster picta Selys, 1854 Preview
84   Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843 Preview
85   Cordulegaster insignis Schneider, 1845 Preview
86   Cordulegaster helladica (Lohmann, 1993) Preview
87 Incertae sedisOxygastraOxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
88 MacromiidaeMacromiaMacromia splendens (Pictet, 1843) Preview
89 CorduliidaeCorduliaCordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
90  SomatochloraSomatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
91   Somatochlora meridionalis Nielsen, 1935 Preview
92   Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
93   Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) Preview
94   Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840) Preview
95   Somatochlora sahlbergi Trybom, 1889 Preview
96   Somatochlora borisi Marinov, 2001 Preview
97  EpithecaEpitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
98 LibellulidaeLibellulaLibellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
99   Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
100   Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
101  OrthetrumOrthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
102   Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848) Preview
103   Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
104   Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) Preview
105   Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841) Preview
106   Orthetrum chrysostigma (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
107   Orthetrum taeniolatum (Schneider, 1845) Preview
108   Orthetrum trinacria (Selys, 1841) Preview
109   Orthetrum sabina (Drury, 1773) Preview
110  LeucorrhiniaLeucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
111   Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
112   Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
113   Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
114   Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
115  SympetrumSympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
116   Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) Preview
117   Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
118   Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841) Preview
119   Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
120   Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
121   Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
122   Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
123   Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841) Preview
124   Sympetrum sinaiticum Dumont, 1977 Preview
125  CrocothemisCrocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview
126  TrithemisTrithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807) Preview
127   Trithemis arteriosa (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
128   Trithemis kirbyi Selys, 1891 Preview
129   Trithemis festiva (Rambur, 1842) Preview
130  BrachythemisBrachythemis impartita (Karsch, 1890) Preview
131  DiplacodesDiplacodes lefebvrii (Rambur, 1842) Preview
132  SelysiothemisSelysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
133  PantalaPantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview