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Diphlebia coerulescens
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Lestoideidae
Munz, 1919[1]
Type genus
Lestoideidae distribution map.svg

The Lestoideidae are a family of damselflies occurring in South-east Asia, New Guinea and Australia.[3] The family comprises two genera and nine species.[4]


Lestoideidae is an accepted family name and until recently it was considered to be monotypic with only one genus, Lestoidea. However, research over the last twenty years or so has suggested that the genus Diphlebia is also part of Lestoideidae.[4][3]

The family now includes the following genera:[5]

Note: It is important to distinguish the genus Lestoidea from the superfamily Lestoidea. They have the same spelling, but the superfamily is based on the genus Lestes.


  1. ^ Munz, P.A. (1919). "A venational study of the suborder Zygoptera (Odonata) with keys for the identificaton of genera". Memoirs of the American Entomological Society. 3: 1–78 [17] – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  2. ^ Tillyard, R.J. (1913). "On some new and rare Australian Agrionidae (Odonata)". Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. 37 (1912): 404–479 [428] – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  3. ^ a b "Family LESTOIDEIDAE". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b Dijkstra, K.D.B.; et al. (2013). "The classification and diversity of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal Biodiversity: An Outline of Higher-level Classification and Survey of Taxonomic Richness (Addenda 2013)". Zootaxa. 3703 (1): 36–45. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3703.1.9.
  5. ^ Schorr, Martin; Paulson, Dennis. "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History. University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 31 March 2017.