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Scarlet skimmer
Crocothemis servilia male by kadavoor.jpg
C. s. servilia, male
Scarlet skimmer, Keitakuen, Osaka II.jpg
C. s. mariannae, male
Scientific classification
C. servilia
Binomial name
Crocothemis servilia
(Drury, 1773)
  • Libellula ferruginea Fabricius, 1793
  • Libellula servilia Drury, 1773
  • Libellula soror Rambur, 1842

The scarlet skimmer[1][2] or ruddy marsh skimmer,[3] Crocothemis servilia,[4] is a species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native to east and southeast Asia and introduced to Jamaica, Florida, and Hawaii.[1][5]


There are two known subspecies; Crocothemis servilia servilia (Drury, 1773)[6] and Crocothemis servilia mariannae Kiauta, 1983.[7] C. s. mariannae lacks the mid-dorsal black stripe.[8]

Description and habitat

It is a medium sized blood-red dragonfly with a thin black line along the mid-dorsal abdomen. Its eyes are blood-red above, purple laterally. Thorax is bright ferruginous, often blood-red on dorsum. Abdomen is blood-red, with a narrow black mid-dorsal carina. Anal appendages are blood-red. Female is similar to the male; but with olivaceous-brown thorax and abdomen. The black mid-dorsal carina is rather broad.[9]

It breeds in ponds, ditches, marshes, open swamps and rice fields.[9][10][11][3][2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Dow, R.A. (2013). "Crocothemis servilia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013: e.T163607A14897503.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Crocothemis servilia Drury, 1773". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  3. ^ a b "Crocothemis servilia Drury, 1773". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  4. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 Oct 2018.
  5. ^ 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. 316–317. ISBN 9788181714954.
  6. ^ "Crocothemis servilia Drury, 1773". Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Crocothemis servilia mariannae Kiauta". Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  8. ^ Kiauta, B. (1983). "The status of the Japanese Crocothemis servilia. (Drury) as revealed by karyotypic morphology (Anisoptera: Libellulidae)". Odonatologica. 12 (4): 381–288. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  9. ^ 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. 345–347.
  10. ^ C FC Lt. Fraser (1924). A Survey of the Odonate (Dragonfly) Fauna of Western India and Descriptions of Thirty New Species (PDF). p. 437.
  11. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India - A Field Guide.

External links

Data related to Crocothemis servilia at Wikispecies

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