Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Guide to New Zealand's freshwater invertebrates

Dragonfly ( Corduliidae : Antipodochlora )

Diagnostic features

Antipodochlora dragonfly larvae have a wide abdomen, with obvious spines along the midline of the dorsal (top) surface. The labial palps (jaw-like structures used to grab prey) cover much of the “face” and have distinct “teeth”.

Typical habitats

Antipodochlora larvae are found only in the North Island. They can be common in slow flowing streams in or near native bush, but they do also occur in small farmland streams.


They are predators, feeding on other stream invertebrates.

Indicator value

Antipodochlora can be found in streams of moderate to good water quality. They have mid range tolerance values of 6 (hard bottom sites) and 6.3 (soft bottom sites).