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Cretan bluet (Coenagrion intermedium)
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Cretan bluet fact file
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Cretan bluet description
The Cretan bluet (Coenagrion intermedium) is typical of the Coenagrion genus, commonly known as ‘northern bluets’, in which males possess vibrant blue-and-black colouration (5). Northern bluet females usually come in two colour forms, either sharing the male’s same blue-and-black colouration (known as homeochromatic morph), or being different, typically brown to olive-coloured (known as heterochromatic morph), and therefore easily distinguishable from the male (2). Known females of this restricted species are all heterochromatic and have the dorsal part of the abdomen largely black with a small blue-green area on the anterior part of each segment. They are easily distinguishable from the males, which are predominantly blue with black areas.
- Coenagrion ponticum intermedium.
- Agrion Intermédiaire. Top
- A species or taxonomic group that is only found in one particular country or geographic area.
- Stage in an animal’s lifecycle after it hatches from the egg. Larvae are typically very different in appearance to adults; they are able to feed and move around but usually are unable to reproduce.
- An abrupt physical change from the larval to the adult form.
- One of two or more distinct types of a given species, often distinct colour forms, which occur in the same population at the same time (that is, are not geographical or seasonal variations).
- Egg-laying organ in female insects consisting of outgrowths of the abdomen (the hind region of the body in insects).
- An area occupied and defended by an animal, a pair of animals or a colony.
The Dragonflies of the Eastern Mediterranean (April, 2006)
- Dijkstra, K.D.B. and Lewington, R. (2006) Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe. British Wildlife Publishing, Gillingham.
- Jödicke, R. (2005) Bemerkungen zu Coenagrion intermedium (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Libellula Supplement, 6: 15 - 24.
IUCN Red List (March, 2011)
Idaho Museum of Natural History (August, 2006)
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Cretan bluet biology
Although not investigated, the larval period is thought to last around one year or less in the Cretan bluet, by extrapolation of what occurs in the closest relative species from the Mediterranean area. The flight period runs from the last third of April to mid-August. Adults feed on small flying insects. Males are unlikely to defend territories. Oviposition is done in tandem with the male. Females lay their eggs in floating herbs, small roots along the river edge and rotten wood in the water, using their ovipositor to cut a slit in the substrate (3).Top
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Cretan bluet status
The Cretan bluet is classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (4).Top
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Cretan bluet conservation
There are currently no conservation initiatives targeting the Cretan bluet.Top
Authenticated (18/12/2006) by Jean-Pierre Boudot, CNRS, Université Henri Poincaré Nancy I, France.Top
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