Dragonflies (Odonates) in Qatar
by Michael J Grunwell (30 June 2013)

Moustached Darter


"As one of the only countries (if not the only country) in the world to have no natural standing water, Qatar has a poor list of Odonates.

As at 30th June 2013, the official list stood at just 12 species.

You can read my article entitled Dragonflies and Damselflies in the State of Qatar, written for the Qatar Natural History Group (QNHG) newsletter, as well the presentation I gave to the group (originally presented to coincide with the publication of the newsletter article and repeated to a second audience in October 2012).

Most of the photographs in the original newsletter article are in the presentation. However, the presentation contains extra photographs of species in Qatar; indeed, it features images of all Odonates species recorded in Qatar:


Dragonfiles and Damselflies in the State of Qatar (QNHG Newsletter, March 2010 Issue 3)

QNHG Evening Lecture Presentation (03 October 2012)


In the spring of 2013, I left Qatar for pastures new. If you record a species not on the current list, please try to photograph the insect – and have your images and sighting posted on this website by sending these to the QatarBirds team. Thank you."

The official list of dragonflies and damselflies in the State of Qatar (as at 30th June 2013)

Key to table
Z = Zygoptera (Damselflies)
A = Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Anisoptera numbers match those on the QNHG presentation images

(English name)
(Scientific name)
Status in Qatar
Evans' Bluetail
Ischnura evansii
Presumed resident breeder. Very local. Recorded at one site in the far south of the country.
Oasis Bluetail
Ischnura fountaineae
Common resident breeder. Easy to find at Abu Nakhla. Seen at many suitable sites throughout the country.
Lesser Emperor
Anax parthenope
Common migrant. No evidence of successful breeding.
A2 Vagrant Emperor Anax ephippigger Common migrant. No evidence of successful breeding. Vast migrant swarms have occurred, usually November or December, origin unknown.
A3 Slender Skimmer Orthetrum sabina Common and widespread resident.
A4 Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii Vagrant. Up to 5 individuals at Al Khor in late December 2009. This was part of an unprecedented influx into the southern Gulf at this time. Not recorded since.
A5 Broad Scarlet Crocothemis erythraea Locally common resident breeder.
A6 Oriental Scarlet Crocothemis servilia Presumed vagrant. Sole record is of one photographed at Al Khor in November 2008.
A7 Violet Dropwing Trithemis annulate Locally common resident breeder.
A8 Black Percher Diplacodes lefebvrii Locally common resident breeder.
A9 Black Pennant Selysiothemis nigra Locally common at times. Status uncertain.
A10 Globe Skimmer or Wandering Glider Pantela flavescens Common migrant. No evidence of successful breeding.


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