Mecistogaster

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Mecistogaster
Mecistogaster amalia (Burmeister) (10981544853).jpg
Mecistogaster amalia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Pseudostigmatidae
Genus: Mecistogaster

Mecistogaster is a genus of large Neotropical damselflies in the family Pseudostigmatidae, commonly known as helicopter damsels. There are eleven species distributed from Mexico to Argentina.[1]

Members of this genus have very long abdomens which they use to deposit their eggs in the water-filled rosettes of bromeliads growing on trees in the forest.[2]

Species include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Irusta, J. B., & Lencioni, F. A. A. (2015). First record of Pseudostigmatidae (Insecta: Odonata) in the Northeast Region of Brazil. Check List, 11(2), 1565.
  2. ^ Silsby, Jill (2001). Dragonflies of the World. Csiro Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-643-10249-1. 
  3. ^ von Ellenrieder, N. & Paulson, D. (2006). "Mecistogaster amalia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  4. ^ von Ellenrieder, N. (2007). "Mecistogaster buckleyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  5. ^ von Ellenrieder, N. (2007). "Mecistogaster ornata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  6. ^ von Ellenrieder, N. & Paulson, D. (2006). "Mecistogaster pronoti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 December 2010.