The Odonata are dragonflies (Anisoptera) and damselflies (Zygoptera).
These insects are characterized by rounded heads with large well-developed, compound eyes and elongated abdomens. Excellent fliers, their two pairs of long, translucent wings move independently and their legs are optimized to catch other insects in flight.
Author: Stewart B. Peck.
Other Contributors: Sandra Abedrabbo, Fabián Bersosa, Ruth Boada, Charlotte Causton, Germania Estévez, Lilian Guzmán, John M. Heraty, Henri W. Herrera, María T. Lasso, Maria Piedad Lincango, E. G. Linsley, Yale Lubin, Alejandro Mieles, Renato Oquendo, Lázaro Roque-Álbelo, Leslie Usinger.
Last updated: Jan. 16, 2013
Names of taxa included: 10.
Origin of the taxa included: 1 questionable native, 1 endemic, 8 indigenous.
Adding up the number of species in each category will not always equal the total number indicated. Some species have insufficient data to be categorized while others (e.g., category eradicated) will not be included in the total.
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