Pseudagrion decorum

Pseudagrion decorum,[2][1] elegant sprite or three striped blue dart,[3][4] is a species of damselfly in the family Coenagrionidae. It is found in many tropical Asian countries.[1][5]

Elegant sprite
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Scientific classification
P. decorum
Binomial name
Pseudagrion decorum
(Rambur, 1842)

Description and habitatEdit

It is a medium sized damselfly with bluish green eyes with a tiny black spot on the top, paler below. Its thorax is bluish green on dorsum, and azure blue on the lower sides. There is a very thin and black mid-dorsal carina, bordered with equally narrow black lines, running close and parallel to it on each side. There is a narrow black humeral stripe and a short black point at the upper part of postero-lateral suture. Winqs are transparent with diamond-shaped pterostigma. Abdomen is azure blue with dorsal black mark up to segment 7. Segments 8 to 10 have only narrow apical black lines. Superior anal appendages are azure blue with black tips. Female has dull colored thorax and abdomen, mid-dorsal black stripe extended to the last segment.[6]

It breeds in slow flowing marshy streams and lakes in the lowland. Commonly seen along shoreline or on emergent vegetation; seen from hilly areas only during the migration.[6][7][8][3][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Mitra, A. (2013). "Pseudagrion decorum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013: e.T167269A17536286. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T167269A17536286.en.
  2. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 Oct 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Pseudagrion decorum Rambur, 1842". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  4. ^ a b "Pseudagrion decorum Rambur, 1842". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  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. 169–170. ISBN 9788181714954.
  6. ^ a b 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. 286–289.
  7. ^ C FC Lt. Fraser (1924). A Survey of the Odonate (Dragonfly) Fauna of Western India and Descriptions of Thirty New Species (PDF). p. 497.
  8. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India - A Field Guide.

External linksEdit

  Data related to Pseudagrion_decorum at Wikispecies

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