Copera marginipes,[2][1] commonly known as the yellow bush dart,[3][4] is a species of damselfly in the family Platycnemididae. It is native to Asia, where it is widespread and common.[1][5]

Copera marginipes
Male (top) and female (bottom)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Platycnemididae
Genus: Copera
C. marginipes
Binomial name
Copera marginipes
(Rambur, 1842)
  • Copera acutimargo Krug, 1898
  • Platycnemis lacteola Selys, 1863
  • Platycnemis marginipes Rambur, 1842
  • Platycnemis pierrati Navás, 1935

Description and habitat edit

It is a medium sized damselfly with brown-capped yellow eyes with a narrow equatorial black band encircling them. Its thorax is black on dorsum with a yellow mid-dorsal carina and a narrow greenish-yellow humeral stripe, split in two and overlap each other. This stripe is followed by a broad black fascia, on the middle of the lateral side of the thorax, peppered with small pale yellow spots. The lateral sides beyond this is yellow, marked with an irregular black stripe on the anterior border of postero-lateral suture, and another one on the middle portion of metepimeron. Abdomen is black on dorsal half up to segment 8; paler on ventral half and with bluish-white basal annules. Segment 9 is bluish-white on dorsal half and black below it. Segment 10 is bluish-white.[6]

Anal appendages are pale yellow to white, the inferiors tipped with black. The superiors are half the length of segment 10 and inferiors are at least four times the length of superiors. In the related species, Copera vittata, the superiors are as long as segment 10 and the inferiors nearly twice the length of superiors. The inferiors are pale within, blackish-brown externally.[6]

The female is more robust compared to the male, dull in colors and marks less conspicuously defined. Tenerals of both sex can be whole white with few black markings. [6]

Commonly found in among undergrowth along the banks of rivers and streams, often at lowland.[6][7][8][3][4]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b c Sharma, G. (2010). "Copera marginipes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2010: e.T167328A6329262. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T167328A6329262.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ Paulson, D.; Schorr, M.; Abbott, J.; Bota-Sierra, C.; Deliry, C.; Dijkstra, K.-D.; Lozano, F. (2023). "World Odonata List". OdonataCentral, University of Alabama. Retrieved 14 Mar 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Copera marginipes Rambur, 1842". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  4. ^ a b "Copera marginipes Rambur, 1842". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  5. ^ K.A., Subramanian; K.G., Emiliyamma; R., Babu; C., Radhakrishnan; S.S., Talmale (2018). Atlas of Odonata (Insecta) of the Western Ghats, India. Zoological Survey of India. pp. 99–100. ISBN 9788181714954.
  6. ^ a b c d C FC Lt. Fraser (1933). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, Odonata Vol. I. Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 192-197.
  7. ^ C FC Lt. Fraser (1924). A Survey of the Odonate (Dragonfly) Fauna of Western India with Special Remarks on the Genera Macromia and Idionyx and Descriptions of Thirty New Species (PDF). Zoological Survey of India. Volumes (Records). p. 498.
  8. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India - A Field Guide.

External links edit

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