Saturday, 6 December 2008

Blue Ground Skimmer (Diplacodes trivialis)

Adult female Blue Ground Skimmer (Diplacodes trivialisat Malacca, Malaysia - July 2016

OTHER NAMES: Chalky Percher, Blue Percher
Length: 30-34mm
Wingspan: 45-50mm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern  

The Blue Ground Skimmer is a comparatively common species in Malaysia, it has a high degree of sexual dimorphism with the male being the blue that the name suggests while the female is far more predominantly yellow.  It is found thoughout Southern Asia and Australia.  This species breeds in wide varieties of water bodies including ponds, lakes, rice fields and irrigation canals.

Related Species:
Order: Odonata 

Family: Libellulidae 
Genus: Diplacodes 
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A locally common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Several in Malacca

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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