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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Superfamily: Calopterygoidea
Family: Perilestidae

The Perilestidae are a family of damselflies in the order Odonata, commonly known as shortwings.[1] It is a small family of around 20 species.[2] They occur only in Latin America.[3]


  1. ^ Haber, William A. Dragonflies and Damselflies: Odonata of Monteverde, Costa Rica
  2. ^ Martin Schorr, Martin Lindeboom, Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 3 Oct 2013. 
  3. ^ Hogue, Charles Leonard (1993). Latin American Insects and Entomology. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-07849-7.