Galapagos Species Checklist

Dragonflies and Damselflies

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.

Odonata Species Checklist

Domain Eukaryota

Kingdom Animalia

Division Arthropoda

Class Insecta

Order Odonata

Suborder Anisoptera

Superfamily Aesnoidea

Family Aeshnidae

Genus Aeshna

Aeshna galapagoensis  Currie, 1901

Genus Anax

Anax amazili  (Burmeister, 1839)

Superfamily Libelluloidea

Family Libellulidae

Genus Brachymesia

Brachymesia herbida  (Gundlach, 1889)

Genus Erythemis

Erythemis vesiculosa  (Fabricius, 1775)

Genus Macrodiplax

Macrodiplax balteata  Hagen, 1861

Genus Pantala

Pantala flavescens  (Fabricius, 1798)

Pantala hymenaea  (Say, 1839)

Genus Tramea

Tramea calverti  Muttkowski

Tramea cophysa darwini  Calvert, 1947a

Suborder Zygoptera

Superfamily Coenagrionoidea

Family Coenagrionidae

Genus Ischnura

Ischnura hastatum  (Say, 1839)

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This list should be cited as follows:

Peck, S. B. (2013). CDF Checklist of Galapagos Dragonflies and Damselflies - FCD Lista de especies de Libélulas, caballitos del diablo de Galápagos. In: Bungartz, F., Herrera, H., Jaramillo, P., Tirado, N., Jiménez-Uzcátegui, G., Ruiz, D., Guézou, A. & Ziemmeck, F. (eds.). Charles Darwin Foundation Galapagos Species Checklist - Lista de Especies de Galápagos de la Fundación Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin Foundation / Fundación Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos: Last updated 16 Jan 2013.