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Odanata

  1. 1. Walking along the flooded path, one would be enchanted to see dozens of dragonflies anddamselflies species buzzing around everywhere. It is unbelievable that this tiny area of4000 hectares is home to 44 Odonata species and counting. The species recorded fromAyer Hitam Forest Reserve covers eight families thus representing 18% of the totalspecies found in Peninsular Malaysia.Species found abundantly in AHFR are Neurothemis fluctuans, Nannophya pygmaea,Ceriagrion cerinorubellum, Pseudagrion williamsoni, Pseudagrion microcephalum,Brachydiplax chalybea, Rhyothemis obsolescens, Rhodothemis rufa, Ictinogomphusdecoratus, Orthetrum sabina and Brachygonia oculata.The true alluvial swamp and peat swamp species recorded at AHFR are Amphicnemisgracilis, Archibasis viola, Brachygonia oculata, Elattoneura aurantiaca, Podolestesbuwaldai, Podolestes orientalis, Ponorthemis serrata, Rhyothemis aterrima andRisiophlebia dohrni.However, the most interesting species collected from AHFR is Indothemis carnatica. Afew individuals of Indothemis carnatica were collected at a shallow water pool.Indothemis carnatica is so far known from India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, and it appearsto be very scarce and local (Dow 2009). Another interesting species recorded from AHFRis Podolestes buwaldai. Podolestes buwaldai is a rare and local species confined tosouthern Peninsular Malaysia (Orr 2005). Only one specimen was collected/observedduring the short sampling trip to AHFR.Odonata Checklist for Ayer Hitam Forest and Surroundings, Johorrecorded on 5-8 October 2012
  2. 2. Family Chlorocyphidae (1)Libellago hyalina (Selys, 1859)Family Megapodagrionidea (2)Podolestes buwaldai Lieftinck, 1940Podolestes orientalis Selys, 1862Family Coenagrionidae (7)Amphicnemis gracilis Krüger, 1898Archibasis viola Lieftinck, 1949Argiocnemis rubescens rubeola Selys, 1877Ceriagrion cerinorubellum (Brauer, 1865)Pseudagrion microcephalum (Rambur, 1842)Pseudagrion rubriceps Selys, 1876Pseudagrion williamsoni Fraser, 1922Family Platycnemididae (3)Copera ciliata (Selys, 1863)Copera marginipes (Rambur, 1842)Copera vittata (Selys, 1863)Family Protoneuridae (2)Elattoneura aurantiaca (Selys, 1886)Prodasineura humeralis (Selys, 1860)Family Gomphidae (1)Ictinogomphus decoratus melaenops (Selys, 1858)Family Corduliidae (1)Epophthalmia vittigera (Rambur, 1842)Family Libellulidae (27)Acisoma panorpoides Rambur, 1842Brachydiplax chalybea Brauer, 1868Brachygonia oculata (Brauer, 1878)Brachythemis contaminata (Fabricius, 1793)Chalybeothemis fluviatilis Lieftinck, 1933Indothemis carnatica (Fabricius, 1798)
  3. 3. Nannophya pygmaea Rambur, 1842Neurothemis fluctuans (Fabricius, 1793)Orchithemis pulcherrima Brauer, 1878Orthetrum chrysis (Selys, 1891)Orthetrum sabina (Drury, 1770)Orthetrum testaceum (Burmeister, 1839)Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798)Pornothemis serrata Krüger, 1902Potamarcha congener (Rambur, 1842)Pseudothemis jorina Förster, 1904Rhodothemis rufa (Rambur, 1842)Rhyothemis aterrima Selys, 1891Rhyothemis obsolescens Kirby, 1889Rhyothemis phyllis (Sulzer, 1776)Rhyothemis triangularis Kirby, 1889Risiophlebia dohrni (Krüger, 1902)Tetrathemis irregularis hyalina Kirby, 1889Tholymis tillarga (Fabricius, 1798)Trithemis aurora (Burmeister, 1839)Tyriobapta torrida Kirby, 1889Urothemis signata insignata (Selys, 1872)

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