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Tramea transmarina
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
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Tramea samoensis (Brauer, 1867)
Trapezostigma euryale (Selys, 1878)
Tramea propinqua (Lieftinck, 1942)
Tramea transmarina intersecta (Lieftinck, 1975)

Tramea transmarina, known as the red glider or northern glider, is a species of dragonfly in the Libellulidae family. The type locality for Tramea transmarina is Fiji, but subspecies are found in the islands of the Pacific, north-eastern Australia and Southeast Asia.


The following names are considered to be alternative names to Tramea transmarina Brauer, 1867:

  • Trapezostigma euryale Selys, 1878
  • Tramea transmarina intersecta Lieftinck, 1975
  • Tramea propinqua Lieftinck, 1942
  • Tramea samoensis Brauer, 1867


Tramea members typically have coloured bases to their hindwings. When they fly, this creates the impression of them carrying bags at the top of the abdomen; hence they are commonly known as saddlebags gliders. In general, adult males have a dark thorax and bright abdomen.


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