Sydney Hawk Dragonfly


The Sydney Hawk Dragonfly, Austrocordulia leonardi, is an extremely rare species of dragonfly. The known distribution of the species includes three locations in a small area south of Sydney, from Audley to Picton. The species is also known from the Hawkesbury-Nepean, Georges River and Port Hacking drainages.

The species was discovered in 1968 from Woronora River and Kangaroo Creek, south of Sydney and later recorded from the Nepean River at the Maldon Bridge near Wilton. Following its disappearance from Woronora River and the Nepean River site, leaving the site near Audley as the only locality where there were regular observations of larvae.

Recent surveys recorded Sydney Hawk Dragonfly north of Sydney and north of the Hunter Valley, almost 200 km further north than previously recorded. Despite the range extension for the species, Sydney Hawk Dragonfly is still of high conservation concern and is listed as an endangered species in NSW.

This illustrated Primefact includes information on the following:

  • Description of the Sydney Hawk dragonfly
  • Habitat and ecology
  • Why is it threatened?
  • Conservation and recovery actions
  • Legal implications
  • Contact information


Primefact 184 Second Edition

Published: May 2016