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Richness and Distribution of Odonata in Kurram District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Richness and Distribution of Odonata in Kurram District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Ahmed Zia1*, Iqtidar Hussain2, Sardar Azhar Mehmood2, Shabir Ahmad2, Muzaffar Shah3 and Abdul Rauf Bhatti1 

1National Insect Museum, NARC, Islamabad, Pakistan; 2Hazara University, Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 3University of Swat, Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.  


District Kurram represents an important geographical position. It shares its border with Afghanistan and possesses unlimited water resources. Due to prolonged uncertain ground conditions, this area remains unexplored for insect fauna. Present study was carried out in to record richness, abundance and species complex of Odonata. It revealed four families, fifteen genera and twenty-six species. Among recorded fauna, family Libellulidae appeared to be a dominant group representing 19 species, followed by family Coenagrionidae with 5 species and family Calopterygoidae and Aeshnidae representing single species each. Being a flying insect group, seasonal surveys and temporal data collection for odonates in this ecologically rich area can surely bring forward important information for the migratory species between Afghanistan and Pakistan. 


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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research


Vol. 33, Iss. 2, Pages 192-421


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