Tramea limbata

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Tramea limbata
Ferruginous glider (Tramea limbata) male 2.jpg
male, Madagascar
Tramea limbata by Anubhav Agarwal.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Tramea
T. limbata
Binomial name
Tramea limbata
(Desjardins, 1832)
  • Libellula incerta Rambur, 1842
  • Libellula limbata Desjardins, 1832
  • Libellula mauriciana Rambur, 1842
  • Libellula similata Rambur, 1842
  • Libellula stylata Rambur, 1842
  • Tramea continentalis Selys, 1878
  • Tramea madagascariensis Kirby, 1889
  • Tramea translucida Kirby, 1889
  • Trapezostigma continentale Selys, 1878
  • Trapezostigma limbatum (Desjardins, 1832)

Tramea limbata[2] is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. Its common names include black marsh trotter,[3][4][5] ferruginous glider[1] and voyaging glider.[1]


This migrant is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, including Madagascar, southern Arabian Peninsula, southern Asia and nearby islands.[1][6]

Description and habitat[edit]

It is a medium sized red dragonfly with extremely long anal appendages. It can be distinguished from other species of this genus by the dark-brown hind-wing patch, not surrounded by a golden yellow areola, in the base. Female is similar to male; but may be red as the male or yellowish in color.[7]

This species reproduces in open pools, ponds and in grassy marshes. Adults are often found in bushy areas and around woodlands around them. This dragonfly is commonly seen patrolling over water bodies and open space in sunny days. Pairs in copula or in tandem can also sometimes be seen flying low above water bodies.[7][8][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Clausnitzer, V. (2016). "Tramea limbata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T60050A83381971. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T163647A5629538.en.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link) {{cite iucn}}: error: |doi= / |page= mismatch (help)
  2. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 Oct 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tramea limbata Desjardins, 1835". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  4. ^ a b "Tramea limbata Desjardins, 1835". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  5. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India (PDF).
  6. ^ K.A., Subramanian; K.G., Emiliyamma; R., Babu; C., Radhakrishnan; S.S., Talmale (2018). Atlas of Odonata (Insecta) of the Western Ghats, India. Zoological Survey of India. pp. 385–386. ISBN 9788181714954.
  7. ^ a b C FC Lt. Fraser (1936). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, Odonata Vol. III. Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 436–438.
  8. ^ C FC Lt. Fraser (1924). A Survey of the Odonate (Dragonfly) Fauna of Western India and Descriptions of Thirty New Species (PDF). p. 445.

External links[edit]

Data related to Tramea limbata at Wikispecies

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