Adam's Emerald Dragonfly Archaeophya adamsi

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The Adam's Emerald Dragonfly (Archaeophya adamsi Fraser) is one of Australia’s rarest dragonflies. Only five adults have ever been collected, and the species is only known from a few sites in the greater Sydney region. Some remaining areas of habitat are under threat from urban, industrial and agricultural development.

Adam's Emerald Dragonfly was listed as a vulnerable species in NSW in November 1999. However, in 2007 the Fisheries Scientific Committee reviewed the conservation status of the species and upgraded Adam's Emerald Dragonfly to an endangered species in NSW.

There are heavy penalties for harming, possessing, buying or selling them, or for harming their habitat.

This factsheet covers the following topic:

  • Description
  • Habitat and ecology
  • Why is the Adam's Emerald Dragonfly threatened?
  • Conservation and recovery actions
  • Legal implications