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|Blue Ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus)|
Austrolestes is a genus of medium to large-sized damselflies in the family Lestidae. Austrolestes dragonflies sit with their wings folded completely back. Males are usually bright blue and black, the females duller. Members of this genus are found in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific islands.
The genus Austrolestes includes the following species:
- Austrolestes aleison Watson & Moulds, 1979 - Western ringtail
- Austrolestes analis (Rambur, 1842) - Slender ringtail
- Austrolestes annulosus (Selys, 1862) - Blue ringtail
- Austrolestes aridus (Tillyard, 1908) - Inland ringtail
- Austrolestes cingulatus (Burmeister, 1839) - Metallic ringtail
- Austrolestes colensonis (White, 1846) - Blue damselfly, kekewai
- Austrolestes insularis Tillyard, 1913 - Northern ringtail
- Austrolestes io (Selys, 1862) - Iota ringtail
- Austrolestes leda (Selys, 1862) - Wandering ringtail
- Austrolestes minjerriba Watson, 1979 - Dune ringtail
- Austrolestes psyche (Hagen in Selys, 1862) - Cup ringtail
The genus name Austrolestes is derived from the latin word auster meaning south wind, hence south; and the damselfly genus Lestes, which is from the Greek word λῃστής meaning a robber. In 1913, Robin Tillyard described the genus Austrolestes as having characters similar to the very large genus Lestes, which, unlike Austrolestes, sit with their wings outspread.
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