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Adey Baker

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Just got back from trip to the Italian Riviera. This darter/skimmer-sized dragonfly was at Diano Marina in a more or less dried-up stream with only a few areas of standing water left where the stream bed was slightly deeper. Steep-sided, so I couldn't get any closer to it, the photos being cropped from telephoto shots.
Can't find anything in my book to match it. Other similar-sized odonata present in small numbers included Keeled and Southern Skimmers, Scarlet Darters and Common Darters (though haven't yet checked all photos of these to see if there might be a similar species to Common)
It was only present on the one occasion on July 4th.
Any suggestions gratefully received!SKIMMERS.jpg
 
I once found an Epaulet Skimmer with bizarre black markings but the symmetry of the markings on this dragonfly is incredible. My only guess is a Keeled Skimmer from its shape but I would have to check through my non-european books when I get back in a few days - to see if there are any african species like this.
 
I once found an Epaulet Skimmer with bizarre black markings but the symmetry of the markings on this dragonfly is incredible. My only guess is a Keeled Skimmer from its shape but I would have to check through my non-european books when I get back in a few days - to see if there are any african species like this.
The long pterostigma certainly fits Keeled and I did wonder whether it might be one 'gone wrong' somewhere as nothing else was anywhere near to it in the fieldguide
 
Surely it's an African species as there is nothing in Dijkstra nor Fons Peel's European website that fits!


Shane
It would be fascinating if it was. I have the Dijkstra book but I didn't pack it with me - I just assumed I'd find what it was when I got back home, so was a bit confused when I couldn't find anything remotely resembling it in the book
 
Wow, what a unique looking bug! Aberrant Keeled Skimmer might be the most logical solution, but I've certainly never seen one looking remotely like this. I have forwared your post to the Italian Dragonflies FB group to see if there are any other comments.
 
Wow, what a unique looking bug! Aberrant Keeled Skimmer might be the most logical solution, but I've certainly never seen one looking remotely like this. I have forwared your post to the Italian Dragonflies FB group to see if there are any other comments.
Many thanks. I will be really interested in any comments from them
 
For the record, thanks to Google street view, this is the location, where the 'natural' stream becomes a 'channelled' culvert. Via Ponte Romano, Diano Marina.via ponte romano.jpg
 
Here are a couple of pics of the odd Epaulet Skimmer I saw in 2015. Lucky enough in the field to see it for a long time and get a lot of photos from different angles.
 

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