|Neurothemis is a genus of dragonflies
in the family Libellulidae. Most Neurothemis species are red in color.
Neurothemis ramburii (Brauer, 1866)
is distributed from Sundaland to New Guinea. There are records from Peninsular
Malaysia, Taiwan, the Andaman Islands, Sumatra, Java, Borneo (Sarawak,
Sabah, Brunei and Kalimantan), the lesser Sunda islands, the Philippines,
the Bismarck islands and New Guinea. It is a widely distributed and common
species that thrives in disturbed habitats.
A matured male N. ramburii
has a body length around 36mm, abdomen 24mm, hind wing 26mm and wing span
56mm. It share the same habitat with Neurothemis terminata. Both are similar
in size and same color red. They are separated by the small hyaline area
at the wing tips. Immature male has yellow color pterostigma and greenish
yellow abdomen. Neurothemis ramburii are very timid dragonflies that can
be scare easily even by a leave movement cause by wind.
A number of subspecies of Neurothemis
ramburii are recognised: N. r. martinii Kruger, 1903; N. r. oceanis Lieftinck,
1948; N. r. papuensis Lieftinck, 1942.
Neurothemis ramburii is a widespread
species, occurring in disturbed habitats and locally common over much of
its range. IUCN Red List accessed as Least Concern.