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Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)

References with downloadable pdf files (click on , file size in MB):

(0.31 MB) Odonata Key. Taxonomic key to the families of Odonata.

(11.5 MB) Alayo D, P. 1968. Las libélulas de Cuba (Insecta - Odonata). Torreia n. s. 2: 3-102. Parte II: 3-54.

(3.46 MB) Weatherbee, D. K. 1989. A guide to the Caballitos or Libelulas (Odonata) of Hispaniola. Source unknown.

Additional references:

Acosta P., E. A.

1975. Algunas Observaciones sobre los Odonatos del Llano Costero del Este. Tesis de Licenciatura en Biología, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo. 53 p. [No publicado]

Alayo D., P.

1968. Las libélulas de Cuba (Insecta - Odonata). Torreia n. s. 2: 3-102. Parte II: 3-54.


1995. Lady in amber. Science 269(5232): 1819.

Bechly, G.

1993. Fossil odonates in Dominican and Baltic amber. Argia 5(1): 13-15.

Belle, J.

1992. Studies on ultimate instar larvae of Neotropical Gomphidae, with the description of Tibiagomphus gen. nov. (Anisoptera). Odonatologica 21(1): 1-24.

Borror, D. J.

1942. A revision of the libelluline genus Erythrodiplax (Odonata). Ohio State Univ., Grad. School Studies, Contrib. Zool. Ent., Biol. Ser. 4: 1­286.

Calvert, P. P.

1956. The Neotropical species of the "subgenus Aeschna" sensu Selysii 1883 (Odonata). Mem. Amer. Entomol. Soc. 15: 1-251.

Christiansen, K. A.

1947. A new genus and species of damselfly from southern Haiti (Odonata). Psyche 54(4): 256-262.

Daigle, J. J.

1990. Protoneura dunklei sp. n. from the Dominican Republic, West Indies (Zygoptera: Protoneuridae). Odonatologica 19(1): 81-84.

1993. The $10,000 dragongly. Argia 4(4): 12-13.

1993. A checklist of the Odonata of the Dominican Republic by province. Bull. Amer. Odonatol. 1(4): 65-69.

1993. Progomphus zephyrus Needham from the Dominican Republic, West Indies: description of adult male (Anisoptera: Gomphidae). Odonatologica 22(2): 197- 201.

1996. Progomphus tennesseni spec. nov. from the Dominican Republic, West Indies (Anisoptera: Gomphidae). Odonatologica 25(4): 367-370.

1996. New records of Odonata for the Dominican Republic. Argia 8(1): 13.

Donnelly, T. W.

1989. Protoneura sulfurata, a new species of damselfly from Costa Rica, with notes on the circum-Caribbean species of the genus (Odonata, Protoneuridae). Florida Entomologist 72(3): 436­441.

Dunkle, S. W.

1991. The enigmatic Antillean damselfly genus Hypolestes (Zygoptera: Megapodagrionidae). Notulae Odonatologicae 3(7): 97-99.

Flint, O. S., Jr.

1977. Probable origins of the West Indian Trichoptera and Odonata faunas. Proc. 2nd Internat. Symp. Trichoptera, The Hague. pp. 215-223.

Garrison, R. W.

1986. Diceratobasis melanogaster sp. n., a new damselfly from the Dominican Republic (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae), with taxonomic and distributional notes on the Odonata of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Odonatologica 15(1): 61-76.

1992. Using ordination methods with geographic information: Species resolution in a partially sympatric complex of Neotropical Tramea dragonflies (Odonata: Libellulidae). In: J. T. Sorensen and R. Footit, Eds., Ordination in the Study of Morphology, Evolution and Systematics of Insects: Applications and Quantitative Genetic Rationals, pp. 223-240. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Kolbe, H. J.

1888. Die geographische verbreitung der Neuroptera und Pseudoneuroptera der Antillen, nebst einer übersicht über die von herrn Consul Krug auf Portoriko gesammelten arten. Arch. Naturg. 54(1): 153-178.

Needham, J. G.

1941. Life history notes on some West Indian coenagrionine dragonflies (Odonata). J. Agric. Univ. Puerto Rico 25: 1-19.

Needham, J. G. & M. J. Westfall, Jr.

1955. A Manual of the Dragonflies of North America (Anisoptera). Including the Greater Antilles and Provinces of the Mexican Border. University of California Press, Berkeley. 615 pp.

Orr, R.

1993. The $10,000 dragonfly. Argia 4(4): 12-13.

Paulson, D. R.

1982. Odonata. In: S. H. Hurlbert and A. Villalobos-Figueroa, Eds., Aquatic Biota of Mexico, Central America and the West Indies, pp. 249-277. San Diego State University, San Diego.

Poinar, G. O., Jr.

1996. A fossil stalk-winged damselfly, Diceratobasis worki spec. nov., from Dominican amber, with possible ovipositional behavior in tank bromeliads (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica 25(4): 381-385.

Silsby, J.

2001. Dragonflies of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press. 216 pp.

Uhler, P. R.

1868. Some remarks upon the Odonata of Haiti. Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 11: 295-298.

Westfall, M. J., Jr.

1964. A new damselfly from the West Indies. Quart. J. Florida Acad. Sci. 27: 111-119.

1976. Taxonomic relationships of Diceratobasis macrogaster (Selys) and Phylolestes ethelae Christiansen of the West Indies as revealed by their larvae (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae, Synlestidae). Odonatologica 5: 65-76.

1987. Protoneura sanguinipes sp. n., a new protoneurid damselfly from the Dominican Republic, West Indies (Zygoptera). Odonatologica 16(1): 93­97.

Westfall, M. J., Jr. & M. L. May.

1996. Damselflies of North America. Scientific Publishers, Gainesville. 650 pp. [Incluye todas las especies de Zygoptera reportadas hasta entonces para la Hispaniola]

Wetherbee, D. K.

1991. A Guide to the Caballitos or Libélulas (Odonata) of Hispaniola. Printed by author, Shelbourne, Mass. 72 pp.