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Taxonomic group

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

  • Hard bottom: 6
  • Soft bottom: 6.3

The tolerance values (ranging from 0 to 10) give an indication of which are the sensitive taxa (values of 8 or more) and which are the tolerant taxa (values of 3 or less). For more information see: Indicator species

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).