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Anisoptera

(Infraorder)

Overview

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Taxonomy

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The Infraorder Anisoptera is a member of the Suborder Epiprocta. Here is the complete "parentage" of Anisoptera:

The Infraorder Anisoptera is further organized into finer groupings including:

Families

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Aeshnidae

The hawkers (or darners in North America) (family Aeshnidae) include the largest dragonflies found in North America and Europe, and are among the largest of the dragonflies on the planet. This family represents also the fastest flying dragonflies of the order of the dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). [more]

Archithemistidae

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Asiopteridae

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Austropetaliidae

Austropetaliidae is a small family of dragonflies occurring only in Chile and Australia. [more]

Cordulegastridae

The Cordulegastridae are a family of Odonata (dragonflies) from the suborder Anisoptera. They are commonly known as Spiketails. Some vernacular names for the species of this family are biddie and flying adder. They have a large brown or black body with yellow markings. They can be found along small, clear, woodland streams, flying slowly 30 to 70 cm above the water. When disturbed, however, they can fly very rapidly. [more]

Corduliidae

The insect family Corduliidae contains the emerald dragonflies or green-eyed skimmers. These dragonflies are usually black or dark brown with areas of metallic green or yellow, and most of them have large, emerald-green eyes. The larvae are black, hairy-looking, and usually semi-aquatic. [more]

Euthemistidae

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Gomphidae

Gomphidae is an Odonata family that contains about 90 genera and 900 species. They are commonly referred to as clubtail dragonflies. The name refers to the clublike widening of the end of the abdomen (abdominal segments 7 through 9). However, this club is usually less pronounced in females and is entirely absent in some species. [more]

Heterophlebiidae

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Isophlebiidae

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Karatawiidae

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Liassogomphidae

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Liassophlebiidae

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Libellulidae

The skimmers or perchers and their relatives form the Libellulidae, the largest dragonfly family in the world. It is sometimes considered to contain the Corduliidae as the subfamily Corduliinae and the Macromiidae as the subfamily Macromiinae. Even if these are excluded (as Silsby does), there still remains a family of over 1000 species. With nearly worldwide distribution, these are almost certainly the most often seen of all dragonflies. [more]

Neopetaliidae

Neopetalia punctata is a dragonfly, the only member of the family Neopetaliidae. [more]

Oreopteridae

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Petaluridae

The Petaltails of the family Petaluridae are apparently the most ancient of the extant true dragonflies (infraorder Anisoptera), having fossil members from as early as the Jurassic (over 150 million years ago). [more]

Progonophlebiidae

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Synthemidae

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Turanothemistidae

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More info about the Family Turanothemistidae may be found here.

Sources

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Last Revised: August 24, 2012
2012/08/24 20:01:57