Discussion page on Sympetrum sanguineum in SW Turkey
During a visit (20 May - 3 June 2000) to South-western Turkey we found all Sympetrum sanguineum having yellow markings on their wings the way like Sympetrum flaveolum has. On this page a discussion on this phenomenon.
Males (right) and females (under). Females had generally more yellow on their wings as the males
Photographs: Vincent Kalkman and Marcel Wasscher
Reactions until now were from
Elena Dyatlova (Odessa, Ukraine) was so kind to send us some scans of wings of a female S. sanguineum obsoletum from the surroundings of Odessa (Ukraine). They are, as she writes, "not so bright as those from Turkey" .
Ali Salur (Ankara, Turkey):
Milen Marinov (Bulgaria)
Reinhard Joedicke (Germany)
Oleg Kosterin (Novosibirsk, Russia) was so very kind to send me the translation of Belyshev's (1973) monograph about the subspecies of S. sanguineum.
We present here a table with the characters of the subspecies as presented in Belyshev's publication, the scans of the characters from a male from South-western Turkey and a map of the distribution of the subspecies as mentioned by Belyshev (1973).Still some questions remain.
|Wing base yellow||Lower anal appendage||Legs entirely black|
|S. s. obsoletum
|extents always more than the half distance from the wing base to the triangle||always reaches middle of hind margin of the uppers||except for femur first leg|
|S. s. sanguineum
|does not reach half distance between wing base and triangle||only reaches or slightly goes behind the lower-hind angle of the uppers||as an exception, a yellow strike appears on internal surface of femora|
|S. s. sykinia
|does not reach half distance between wing base and triangle||almost reaches middle of hind margin of the upper||as an exception, a yellow strike appears on internal surface of femora|
|S. s. armeniacum
|does not reach half distance between wing base and triangle||lower anal appendages either reach the lower-hind angle of the uppers or only slightly goes behind it.||legs more yellow than black; all femora, and often tibia with a wide yellow stripe|
|red: most obvious characters
purple/pink: less obvious characters
black: situation in other species
of the mentioned characters from the individuals of Southwest Turkey
Distributionmap of subspecies of Sympetrum
sanguineum according to data in
Belyshev (1973) and for Turkey our own recordsred question mark: the population in Southwest Turkey.
Some of the remaining questions
Belong the individuals of South-western Turkey indeed to the subspecies S. s. obsoletum?
Is this the only locality outside the known range in Russia, or are there maybe also individuals from Sympetrum sanguineum which have in the past been misteken for S. flaveolum?
In the Turkish material collected by Gert-Jan van Pelt we did find individuals with the characteristics of S. s. armeniacum. To which part of Turkey and to which habitat is this ssp. confined?
Do the recorded individuals from S. sanguineum in Israel and Northen Africa differ from S. s. sanguineum?
Remarks? Please send them to Marcel Wasscher Page last changed on: 19 mei, 2005