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Rainforest elf
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Tetrathemis irregularis cladophila, Cairns, Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Tetrathemis
T. i. cladophila
Trinomial name
Tetrathemis irregularis cladophila
(Tillyard, 1908)
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  • Tetrathemis cladophila Tillyard, 1908

Tetrathemis irregularis cladophila known as the rainforest elf is a subspecies of Tetrathemis irregularis, a dragonfly in the family Libellulidae found only in Australia.


It is a tiny to small, black and yellow dragonfly with a length of 25-30mm and wingspan of 40-50mm. The mostly clear wings are suffused with pale lemon. The abdomen is black with 3 to 4 yellow markings, and there is a metallic sheen on the synthorax.


The genus Tetrathemis extends from Africa and Madagascar to south-east Asia, New Guinea and Australia. Tetrathemis irregularis cladophila has only been recorded coastal and adjacent inland from Cape York Peninsula to Cardwell in Queensland. The taxon has not yet been assessed for the IUCN Red List, but it appears in the Catalogue of Life.


Tetrathemis irregularis cladophila inhabits streams in rainforest.


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