Orthetrum sabina Drury, 1770 ♂
Common names: Green Marsh Hawk, Slender Skimmer, Oasis Skimmer [En], Slanke oeverlibel [Nl], Schlanker Blaupfeil [De]
Kayalar (Οργα, Orga), Kyrenia (Girne, Κερύνεια) ● Cyprus
Description: This species has 3 unique characters:
- abdomen club-shaped; S1-S2 swollen and S7-S10 expanded,
- abdomen predominantly black and never pruinose,
- thorax pale greenish yellow with numerous bold black stripes, with age becoming dark and a single bold whitish band on each side.
Biology: Very active species, perching on the ground or twings for just a few seconds.
Habitat: slow-flowing waters.
Distribution: from North Africa, through the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka to Southeast Asia, to Russia, China and Japan, through Indonesia to Australia and Oceania. In Europe, it occurs only on some eastern Greek islands.
Protection status: Listed as LC (Least concern) on the European Red List of Dragonflies.
Dijkstra K.-D., 2010. Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe, British Wildlife Publishing.
Kalkman, V.J., J.-P. Boudot, R. Bernard, K.-J. Conze, G. De Knijf, E. Dyatlova, S. Ferreira,M. Jović, J. Ott, E. Riservato and G. Sahlén. 2010. European Red List of Dragonflies. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union [pdf]