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Sympetrum hypomelas (Selys, 1884), an Addition to Anisoptera Fauna of Pakistan

Sympetrum hypomelas (Selys, 1884), an Addition to Anisoptera Fauna of Pakistan

Hajira Nur-ul-Islam1, Ahmed Zia2*, Khurshaid Khan1, Hirad Ali3 and Abdul Aziz3

1Department of Zoology, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 2National Insect Museum, National Agriculture Research Center, Islamabad, Pakistan; 3Department of Zoology, University of Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

 
*Correspondence | Dr. Syed Ahmed Zia, National Insect Museum, National Agriculture Research Center, Islamabad, Pakistan; Email: saiyyedahmed@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Sympetrum hypomelas (Selys, 1884) is added to the Anisoptera fauna of Pakistan by reporting it from district Swabi of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Out of 33 sampling sites, specimens of S. hypomelas were found from a single locality of the district. Identification of the specimens was done at National Insect Museum, Islamabad. Detailed description including synonyms, differential characters for the species, previous global records, habitat description, measurements of body parts and ecological data for the positive localities are provided. With the addition of this taxon, Anisoptera fauna of Pakistan now counts 74 species. The area carries important ecology and is less explored for odonate fauna. Although in recent past, few faunistic studies were conducted in this area; yet these couldn’t add anything new to the country’s fauna. The area under district Swabi represents many lush green valleys and possesses lots of water bodies which support a broad complex of Odonata. More surveys in the district are suggested to unveil probable new records from the area.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 53, Iss. 4, Pages 1201-1601

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