Anax (from Ancient Greek ἄναξ anax, "lord, master, king")[2] is a genus of dragonflies in the family Aeshnidae. It includes species likesuch as the emperor dragonfly, Anax imperator.[3]

Anax
Anax parthenope.jpg
Anax parthenope
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Aeshnidae
Genus: Anax
Leach, 1815[1]
Type species
Anax imperator
Leach, 1815
Madagascar emperor
male A. tumorifer

Anax spp. are very large dragonflies. They generally have light-colored bodies and dark tails with pale markings.[4]

Some species are migratory (Anax junius).

SpeciesEdit

The genus Anax includes these species:[5]

Taxonomic historyEdit

The genus Anax was described by William Elford Leach in 1815 when he published the first bibliography of entomology[citation needed] in Brewster's Edinburgh Encyclopedia.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Leach, W.E. (1815). "Entomology". In Brewster, David (ed.). Edinburgh Encyclopaedia. 9. Edinburgh: William Blackwood. pp. 57–172 [137] (in 1830 edition) – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  2. ^ ἄναξ. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.
  3. ^ "Genus Anax Leach, 1815". Australian Faunal Directory. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  4. ^ Watson, J.A.L.; Theischinger, G.; Abbey, H.M. (1991). The Australian Dragonflies: A Guide to the Identification, Distributions and Habitats of Australian Odonata. Melbourne: CSIRO. ISBN 0643051368.
  5. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e "North American Odonata". University of Puget Sound. 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  7. ^ Suhling, F. (2006). "Anax bangweuluensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  8. ^ Suhling, F. & Clausnitzer, V. (2008). "Anax chloromelas". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  9. ^ Clausnitzer, V. (2008). "Anax ephippiger". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  10. ^ a b c Theischinger, Gunther (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0-643-09073-8.
  11. ^ "Anax gladiator Dijkstra & Kipping". PLAZI. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Checklist, English common names". DragonflyPix.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  13. ^ a b "Checklist of UK Species". British Dragonfly Society. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  14. ^ Clausnitzer, V. (2006). "Anax imperator". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  15. ^ Anax indicus, Dragonflies and Damselflies of Thailand
  16. ^ "Anax nigrofasciatus". The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  17. ^ ABRS (18 July 2012). "Species Anax papuensis (Burmeister, 1839)". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  18. ^ Clausnitzer, V. (2006). "Anax speratus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  19. ^ "Anax strenuus". Hawaii Biological Survey. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  20. ^ Clausnitzer, V. (2006). "Anax tristis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 August 2010.