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|CLUBTAILS (FAMILY:GOMPHIDAE) |
ClubTails are large or medium sized dragonflies. They are generally black or yellow and marked with yellow or green. The eyes are well separated and large. The wings are transparent. The last abdominal segments of many species are bulbous, giving a club shaped appearance. Clubtails are very diverse family with 919 species distributed throughout the world. Indian fauna is represented by 90 species with 27 peninsular Indian species. ClubTails inhabit diverse aquatic habitats and many of them breed in streams and rivers.
This brief bit of information comes from Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India - A Field Guide, by K. A. Subramanian, which is freely downloadable from the web.
The pictured species is from Nepal, and may be from the genus Ictinogomphus, but of this I remain uncertain. There are, after all, 90 possibilities. The Field Guide mentioned above is for species from Peninsula India and in any event has pictures of only two of the 27 species found there. If any expert from Northern India has any more information, I would be pleased to hear.
The image has been scanned, cropped and resized for TN, along with some sharpening and noise reduction in the BG. I especially like the green eyes.
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