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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Pantala - Rainpool Gliders

Spot-winged Glider - Pantala hymenaea Male Pantala hymenaea? - Pantala hymenaea Unknown Dragonfly - Pantala flavescens Spot-winged glider - Pantala hymenaea - male Pantala flavescens Dragonfly - Pantala hymenaea Orange Dragongfly - Pantala flavescens Pantala flavescens? - Pantala flavescens
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Pantala (Rainpool Gliders)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pantala Hagen, 1861
Explanation of Names
Fliedner and Martens (2008) give the origin as Greek pant "all" plus ale, "wandering or roaming without home or hope of rest", describing the cosmopolitan distribution and vagrant behavior.
Numbers
2 North American species: flavescens and hymenaea (1)
See Also
Saddlebags--Tramea
Print References
Fliedner, H. and Martens, A. The meaning of the scientific names of Seychelles dragonflies (Odonata). Phelsuma 16 (2008); 49-57 (PDF)