Hemigomphus atratus

Hemigomphus atratus is a species of dragonfly of the family Gomphidae,[3] known as the black vicetail.[4] It is endemic to north-eastern Queensland, Australia, where it inhabits rainforest streams.[5][6]

Black vicetail
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Gomphidae
Genus: Hemigomphus
H. atratus
Binomial name
Hemigomphus atratus
Watson, 1991[2]

Austrogomphus atratus Watson, 1991

Hemigomphus atratus is a small, black and yellow dragonfly.[4] Very little other information is known of this species, all of it coming from a single specimen found living at a freshwater stream near Tinaroo Dam, in north-eastern Queensland.[1]


The species name atratus is a Latin word meaning clothed in black. Tony Watson named this species of dragonfly after its blackish brown abdomen.[2][7]


See also


  1. Hawking, J.; Theischinger, G. (2006). "Austrogomphus atratus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2006: e.T59698A11973336. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2006.RLTS.T59698A11973336.en.
  2. Watson, J.A.L. (1991). "The Australian Gomphidae (Odonata)". Invertebrate Taxonomy. 5 (2): 289–441 [313]. doi:10.1071/IT9910289.
  3. Watson, J. A. L. (2012). "Species Hemigomphus atratus Watson, 1991". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 5: 289–441. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  4. Theischinger, Günther; Hawking, John (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. Collingwood, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-64309-073-6.
  5. Theischinger, Gunther; Endersby, Ian (2009). Identification Guide to the Australian Odonata. Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW. p. 219. ISBN 978-1-74232-475-3.
  6. 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. p. 278. ISBN 0643051368.
  7. Endersby, I. (2012). "Watson and Theischinger: the etymology of the dragonfly (Insecta: Odonata) names which they published". Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales. 145 (443 & 444): 34–53 [37]. ISSN 0035-9173 via Biodiversity Heritage Library.