Native Animals

Orchithemis pulcherrima

Forest Skimmer
LC
Least Concern
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
ver 3.1, 2011
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SSN 59118
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Description

Orchithemis pulcherrima (Forest Skimmer) is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. Its hindwing may measure up to 23 mm. It has a broad, flattened abdomen tapering strongly toward the tip. The males can occur in two forms; red abdomen for normal while a dark abdomen with blue marks at the base which is rare in Peninsular Malaysia. Immatures may have yellow abdomen while the female has dark brown thorax and also with two forms which are the dark abdomen and red abdomen with immatures uniform in light brown.

Forest Skimmer is commonly found abundant in swamp forests and forest margins, especially in lowlands. It is widespread in Sundaland, Thailand, Vietnam and also the Philippines (Orr, 2005). Although O. pulcherrima is most common at low altitudes, it has been found at the altitude above 1,000 m in the Tama Abu Range in Sarawak (Dow, 2011).

Assessment

Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
3.1

Location

by State Location
  • Pahang 1
Based on publications, specimens, and images

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Aishah Hani Azil (Dr.)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
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Amirrudin Bin Ahmad (Dr.)
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
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Azidah Abdul Aziz (Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
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Fatimah Abang (Prof. Dr.)
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
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Heo Chong Chin (Dr.)
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
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Khaironizam Md Zain (Dr.)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
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Liew Thor Seng (Dr.)
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
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Nivaarani Arumugam (Ms.)
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
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Noor Azrizal Bin Abdul Wahid (Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
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Noorhidayah Mamat (Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
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Raja Muhammad Zuha (Dr.)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
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Rosli Hashim (Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
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Suhaila Abd Hamid (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
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Sze Huei Yek (Dr.)
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
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Tan Li Peng (Dr.)
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
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PM - Peninsular Malaysia; SBH - Sabah; SWK - Sarawak; SEA - Southeast Asia; W - World;

References

Article
  1. Choong, C.Y., Dow, R.A. & Ng, Y.F. (2017). New records of Odonata from Kelantan, Malaysia, with a checklist of species recorded from the state. Journal of the International Dragonfly Fund (22), 1-22. http://www.dragonflyfund.org/images/reports/FSSEAPIO_21_Choong_et_al_2017.pdf
  2. Choong, C.Y., Izzat-Husna, M. & Ahmad, A. (2016). Odonata (Insecta) Fauna of Tasek Bera Ramsar Site, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Wildlife and Parks 31, 39-48
  3. Choong, C.Y. & Cheah, D.S.L. (2013). Odonata of Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia. Faunistic Studies in South-East Asian and Pacific Island Odonata: Journal of the International Dragonfly Fund 2, 1-11
  4. Dow, R.A. & Reels, G.T. (2009). Expedition to Mount Dulit, Sarawak, August-September 2008 - Odonata -. International Dragonfly Fund - Report 19, 1-16
  5. Dow, R.A. (2012). Odonata collected at Gunung Pueh, Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia in October 2012. International Dragonfly Fund - Report 54, 1-25
  6. Dow, R.A. (2016). Odonata collected at the Samunsam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia in August 2015. Faunistic Studies in South-East Asian and Pacific Island Odonata: Journal of the International Dragonfly Fund (14), 1-12
  7. Dow, R.A. & Reels, G.T. (2011). Odonata from a remnant patch of disturbed peatswamp forest on the outskirts of Kuching, west Sarawak. Agrion, 15(2): 50-51. . https://worlddragonfly.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/agrion/Agrion_15-2_July2011_lq.pdf#page=14
  8. Dow, R.A., Ng, Y.F. & Choong, C.Y. (2012). Odonata of Sungai Bebar, Pahang, Malaysia, with four species recorded for the first time from mainland Asia. Journal of Threatened Taxa 4 (3), 2417-2426
  9. Dow, R.A., Choong, C.Y. & Ng, Y.F. (2016). Records of Odonata from Perlis, Malaysia in August 2015, with a checklist of species recorded from the state. Faunistic Studies in South-East Asian and Pacific Island Odonata: Journal of the International Dragonfly Fund (16), 1-22
  10. Wahizatul Afzan, A., Julia, J. & Ahmad, A. (2006). Diversity and Distribution of Dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata) in Sekayu Recreational Forest, Terengganu. Journal of Sustainability Science & Management 1 (2), 97-106
Journal
  1. Dow, R.A. & Unggang, J. The Odonata of Binyo Penyilam, a Unique Tropical Wetland Area in Bintulu Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (13), 2010, pp. 1349-1358
Report
  1. Wilson, K.D.P. & Gibert, E. (2006). Survey of Odonata at Endau-Rompin, Peninsular Malaysia. Johor National Parks Corporation, Malaysia.

Acknowledgements :- Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Choong Chee Yen, Mr. Mohamad Ruzi Abdul Rahman, Ms. Nurfadzilah Bt Azmi, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Ms. Siti Zubaidah Binti Abdul Latif, Ms. Siti Zuliana Ahmad, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

Photo credit :- Choong Chee Yen

Species Citation :- Orchithemis pulcherrima. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via https://www.mybis.gov.my/sp/59118. [Retrieved 12 August 2022].

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