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Anax (dragonfly)
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Anax parthenope
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Aeshnidae
Genus: Anax
Leach, 1815
Type species
Anax imperator
Leach, 1815
Madagascar emperor (Anax tumorifer) male
Madagascar emperor
male A. tumorifer

Anax (from Ancient Greek ἄναξ anax, "lord, master, king") is a genus of dragonflies in the family Aeshnidae. It includes species likesuch as the emperor dragonfly, Anax imperator.

Anax spp. are very large dragonflies. They generally have light-colored bodies and dark tails with pale markings.

Some species are migratory (Anax junius).

Species

The genus Anax includes these species:

  • Anax amazili (Burmeister, 1839) – Amazon darner
  • Anax bangweuluensis Kimmins, 1955 – swamp emperor
  • Anax chloromelas Ris, 1911 – dark emperor
  • Anax concolor Brauer, 1865 – blue-spotted comet darner
  • Anax congoliath Fraser, 1953
  • Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) – vagrant emperor
  • Anax fumosus Hagen, 1867
  • Anax georgius Selys, 1872 – Kimberley emperor
  • Anax gladiator Dijkstra & Kipping, 2015 – swordbearer emperor
  • Anax gibbosulus Rambur, 1842 – green emperor
  • Anax guttatus (Burmeister, 1839) – lesser green emperor
  • Anax immaculifrons Rambur, 1842 – magnificent emperor
  • Anax imperator Leach, 1815 – emperor dragonfly, blue emperor
  • Anax indicus Lieftinck, 1942 – elephant emperor
  • Anax junius (Drury, 1773) – common green darner
  • Anax longipes Hagen, 1861 – comet darner
  • Anax maclachlani Förster, 1898
  • Anax mandrakae Gauthier, 1988
  • Anax nigrofasciatus Oguma, 1915 – blue-spotted emperor
  • Anax panybeus Hagen, 1867
  • Anax papuensis Burmeister, 1839 - Australian emperor
  • Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) – lesser emperor
  • Anax piraticus Kennedy, 1934
  • Anax pugnax Lieftinck, 1942
  • Anax selysi Förster, 1900
  • Anax speratus Hagen, 1867 – orange emperor
  • Anax strenuus Hagen, 1867 – giant Hawaiian darner, pinao
  • Anax tristis Hagen, 1867 – black emperor, magnificent emperor
  • Anax tumorifer McLachlan, 1885
  • Anax walsinghami McLachlan, 1882 – giant darner

Taxonomic history

The genus Anax was described by William Elford Leach in 1815 when he published in Brewster's Edinburgh Encyclopedia.

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