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Male scarlet percher
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Diplacodes
Kirby, 1889

Diplacodes is a genus of dragonflies in the Libellulidae family. They are commonly known as perchers. Their colours range from the totally black body of the African Diplacodes lefebvrii, the lovely pale blue of India's Diplacodes trivialis, to the intense red of the Asian–Australian Diplacodes haematodes.

Various species of this genus occur in Africa, Asia, Australia and the South West Pacific. They are generally small in size.


The genus Diplacodes includes the following species:

  • Diplacodes bipunctata (Brauer, 1865) – wandering percher
  • Diplacodes deminuta Lieftinck, 1969 – little percher
  • Diplacodes exul (Selys, 1883)
  • Diplacodes haematodes (Burmeister, 1839) – scarlet percher
  • Diplacodes lefebvrii (Rambur, 1842) – black percher
  • Diplacodes luminans (Karsch, 1893) – luminous percher, barbet, barbet percher
  • Diplacodes melanopsis (Martin, 1901) – black-faced percher
  • Diplacodes nebulosa (Fabricius, 1793) – charcoal-winged percher
  • Diplacodes pumila Dijkstra, 2006 – dwarf percher
  • Diplacodes spinulosa Navás, 1915
  • Diplacodes trivialis (Rambur, 1842) – chalky percher, ground skimmer
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