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Occurs from mainland Asia to New Guinea where it is widespread and often abundant at standing, unshaded waters. Neurothemis ramburii papuensis is the subspecies recorded for Papua on http://www.papua-insects.nl/insect%20ord...
Spotted along village fence row bordering overgrown lot. Surrounding habitat is thin strip of disturbed coastal freshwater swamp & sago swamp forest paralleling ocean beach.
Based on confirmation of the species for spottings http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/779... and http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/728... by a Papua dragonfly expert, I am also calling this spotting Neurothemis ramburii. This specimen looks transitional between red and yellow forms (immature?).