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Risiophlebia dohrni, Krüger, (Potbellied Elf) -1902

Family: Libellulidae
Scientific Name: Risiophlebia dohrni
Common Name: Potbellied Elf

Listed as endangered in the Singapore Red Data Book, Potbellied Elf is one of the most rare species of dragonflies that can still be found in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. It is very small and is often found near or in shaded forest pools and nearby streams and vegetation.

In July, I have encountered two females and a single male in the Nature Reserve.

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The 1st female resting on twig near to the forest floor.
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Same female. It has reddish brown eyes on top and yellowish below.
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Top of the synthorax is metallic green.
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This is the male potbellied elf. The abdomen is thinner and top of the eyes are more darker brown.
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Look at the curvature of the abdomen!!
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And the swollen 1-3 segments of the abdomen.
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Handsome face shot. Very prominent yellow band on the upper lip?
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Yellow strips on the sides of the thorax.
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This is the 2nd female. Found a little further away from the forest pools and streams.
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Dorsal view. Perched very near to the ground. Need a keen eye to spot it.
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More reddish eyes and the nose part is metallic green.
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Look at the swollen abdomen!!
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Very beautiful species of dragonfly indeed.

I feel both happy and excited to see this species again in the Nature Reserve and hope it continues to survive in our forests.

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