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Trithemis kirbyi.jpg
Kirby's Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
(unranked): Dicondylia
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Odonata
Lohmann, 1996

Epiprocta is one of the two extant suborders of the Odonata (the order to which dragonflies and damselflies belong). It was proposed relatively recently, having been created to accommodate the inclusion of the Anisozygoptera. The latter has been shown to be not a natural suborder but rather a paraphyletic collection of lineages,[1][2] so it has been combined with the previous suborder Anisoptera, the well-known dragonflies, into the Epiprocta. The old suborder Anisoptera is proposed to become an infraorder within the Epiprocta, whereas the "anisozygopterans" included here form the infraorder Epiophlebioptera.


  1. ^ H. Lohmann (1996). "Das phylogenetische System der Anisoptera (Odonata)" [The phylogenetic system of the Anisoptera (Odonata)]. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift (in German). 106 (9): 209–266. 
  2. ^ A. C. Rehn (2003). "Phylogenetic analysis of higher-level relationships of Odonata". Systematic Entomology. 28 (2): 181–240. doi:10.1046/j.1365-3113.2003.00210.x. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Epiprocta at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Epiprocta at Wikispecies