Robust Baskettail Epitheca spinosa (Hagen, 1878)S1 (Highly state rare)  -  S2 (State rare)  Synonyms: Tetragoneuria spinosa.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Corduliidae   >   Genus Epitheca   

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Robust Baskettail (Epitheca spinosa) is a large, stocky species of baskettail, with a spotty and sporadic distribution across the Atlantic coastal plain into the deep south, west to Texas. This emerald breeds in wooded swamps, and slow streams with similar swampy sections. Robust Baskettail has been recorded from the coastal plain, on both the eastern and western shores, and up the Potomac River floodplain to Frederick County (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). This species is ranked as S1 (highly state rare) to S2 (state rare).

There are 23 records in the project database.

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A Robust Baskettail in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/27/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Robust Baskettail in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/29/2011). Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

A Robust Baskettail in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/18/2011). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A Robust Baskettail in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/15/2011). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A female Robust Baskettail in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/28/2015). The insert shows the subgenital plate, which is helpful in the identification. Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

The Eastern Shore of Maryland's first record of Robust Baskettail, Worcester Co. (4/26/2009). Found by Brighton, Stasz, Holbrook, et al. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A female Robust Baskettail in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/28/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A male Robust Baskettail on territory in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/26/2015). Richard notes that the photo shows "the small tooth on top of the superior appendage that is characteristic of the Robust Baskettail." Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A male Robust Baskettail in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/15/2011). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A Robust Baskettail in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/15/2011). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A male Robust Baskettail in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/15/2011). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A Robust Baskettail in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/29/2011) Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

Female genitalia of a Robust Baskettail in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/28/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)


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