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Morhphotaxanomic Characteristics of Dragonfly, Lesser Emperor, Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) (Odonata: Aeshnidae) at Region Sukkur, Sindh


Sahito H.A., Bhutto S. R., Kousar T., Jatoi F.A., Mangrio W.M., B.D. Ghumro, Shah Z.H.

1Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh – Pakistan.


Dr. Sahito H.A,
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Received: June 2, 2017,   Accepted: July 14, 2017,   Published:


Abstract:

Odonates are ecologically important as both predators and prey. Their larvae constitute a natural biological control over mosquito larvae and thus help to control several epidemic diseases like malaria, dengue, filaria etc. In this study; the Dragonfly, Anax parthenope (♂:♀) has been identified for the first time at region Sukkur, Sindh - Pakistan. The study was mainly emphasized on morphological differences between male and female specimen. Both male and female specimens were having some same but mostly different characteristics. Like both male and female had large green compound eyes touching dorsally, head was found hypognathous, thorax dark green with visible thoraxic segments, male had slightly larger than female wings, bigger in size and more colorful. Which was very rare in insects, fore and hind wings were not similar, forewing narrow and elongated whereas; the hind wings were broad basally, distal part of the wing was yellowish, abdomen was black dorsally and ventrally but found greenish from lateral side. It was concluded that there was a lot of potential to explore Odonata fauna of this region. The climate and topography of this area along with lot of natural pastures and aquatic bodies support dragonflies’ life and biology. However, due to rapid increase in urbanization, suitable habitats of odonata were disappearing at an alarming rate. Thus, only single specie was found. Further surveys and necessary conservation measures were also adopted, therefore, suggested as need of the day to utilize it, in right direction after knowing its species complex.


Keywords: Rainfall, summer season, predator, hard toothed, lateral, ventral and dorsal sides.


Citation:

Sahito H.A et al. (2017). Morhphotaxanomic Characteristics of Dragonfly, Lesser Emperor, Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) (Odonata: Aeshnidae) at Region Sukkur, Sindh. J. of Advanced Botany and Zoology. V5I2. DOI: 10.15297/JALS.V5I2.01


Copyright:

© 2017 Sahito H.A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


      
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