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Range DescriptionAnax nigrofasciatus nigrofasciatus is known from central and southern China including Hong Kong and Taiwan, Japan (not including Hokkeido) and South Korea. The subspecies A. n. nigrolineatus is known from Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Thailand (Tsuda 2000). There is probably an overlap between these two subspecies in Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan.
The Blue-spotted Emperor (Anax nigrofasciatus) is a common and widespread species in China, where its range includes Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan and Xizang (Hua 2000), Shaanxi (Zhang and Zhang 2006) and it has also been recorded from Hong Kong (Wilson 2004) and Taiwan (Lieftinck et al. 1984, Wang 2000). The species' range extends to South Korea (Lee 2001) and Japan, not including Hokkeido (Sugimura et al. 2001). Tsuda (2000) lists A. n. nigrofasciatus from Philippines but no other data for this species are available from there. The type locality for the nominate subspecies is in Japan and the type locality for the subspecies A. n. nigrolineatus is in Darjeeling, India.