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Asiatic blood tail
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
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  • Libellula asiatica Fabricius, 1798
  • Agrionoptera festa Selys, 1879
  • Agrionoptera simulans Selys, 1879
  • Lathrecista terminalis Kirby, 1889
  • Libellula pectoralis Brauer, 1867

Lathrecista asiatica, the asiatic blood tail, is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. It is the only species in its genus. It is widespread, occurring from India to Australia.


Description and habitat

Asiatic blood tail @ Kanjirappally
In Kanjirappally, Kerala.

It is a medium-sized dragonfly with brown-capped grey eyes and blood red tail. Its thorax is copper brown with a pair of narrow parallel yellow stripes on dorsal side and yellow with stripes on the sides. Segments 1 and 2 of the abdomen have broad lateral stripes and a fine mid-dorsal stripe. Segments 3 to 8 are bright crimson-red with apical sutures narrowly black. Segments 9 and 10 are black. Anal appendages are black. The abdomen of the female is brown.

It breeds in marshes associated with ponds and streams.

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