ISSN: 1800-427X (print)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)

Submitted date: 14 June 2012
Accepted date: 28 November 2012
Published date: 15 June 2013
Pp. 73–74.

Lyriothemis acigastra: A new addition to the odonata fauna of Peninsular India

K.G. Emiliyamma*, M.J. Palot, C. Radhakrishnan & V.C. Balakrishnan
*Corresponding author. E-mail: kgemily@gmail.com

The exclusively old world genus Lyriothemis Brauer, 1868 (Anisoptera: Libellulidae), with 15 species, is widespread across Asian countries occurring in Bangladesh, Tibet, North East India, Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Hong Kong, etc. Of these, L. acigastra (Selys, 1878), L. bivittata (Rambur, 1842), L. cleis (Brauer, 1868) and L. tricolor Ris, 1919 are so far known from India of which all are restricted to Assam and West Bengal, the northeastern part of the country. Here we report this species from South India (Kerala). Based on a photograph of this species taken by the junior co–author, we conducted surveys to locate the specimens in the midland laterite hill areas of North Kerala. We found individuals in Aravanchal and Madayipara areas in Kannur District of North Kerala during July to September, 2010.

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