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Austroaeschna obscura


Austroaeschna obscura at suppressed - 25 Jan 2023
Austroaeschna obscura at suppressed - 25 Jan 2023
Austroaeschna obscura at suppressed - 25 Jan 2023
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Identification history

Austroaeschna obscura 12 Mar 2023 HarveyPerkins
Austroaeschna obscura 28 Jan 2023 GlossyGal

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Not confident re ID


   12 Mar 2023
I don't have huge experience with this species but have seen half a dozen or so up around Blackheath. Your photos appear to match all the described characteristics, and other photos on iNaturalist, pretty well, so I have confirmed. Must be close to it's southern limit at this location.
GlossyGal wrote:
   12 Mar 2023
I'd just looked it up on Canberra NP & saw there were no sightings there. What else could it be if not A. obscura?
   12 Mar 2023
Not much - it's clearly in the multipunctata group, but it's none of the three that we get in ACT that I'm most familiar with. It's quite different to a Sigma Darner (which is also further north), and there are no other multipunctata-type species in the region. So even by elimination, we end up with obscura.
GlossyGal wrote:
   12 Mar 2023
Excellent! Thank you Harvey.

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Species information

  • Austroaeschna obscura Scientific name
  • Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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Additional information

  • 25mm to 50mm Animal size
  • Alive / healthy Animal health

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