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Perissolestes guianensis.jpg
Perissolestes guianensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Superfamily: Lestoidea
Family: Perilestidae

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The Perilestidae are a family of damselflies commonly known as shortwings and twigtails.[1] It is a small family of around 19 species.[2] All extant species are native to the Neotropic ecozone. In the past Nubiolestes of Africa was included in this family,[2] but this is doubted. Palaeoperilestes electronicus is an extinct species described from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber.[3]

These damselflies are short-winged and have very long, slender, color-banded abdomens.[1] They live in dense forest habitat and rest with their abdomens hanging vertically.[4]


  1. ^ a b Haber, W. and Wagner, D. Perilestidae: Shortwings. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ecuador.
  2. ^ a b Neiss, U. G. and Neusa, H. (2010). The larva of Perilestes attenuatus Selys, 1886 (Odonata: Perilestidae) from Amazonas, Brazil. Zootaxa 2614 53-58.
  3. ^ . doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2016.05.002.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Machado, A. (2015). Perilestes eustaquioi sp. nov. and new distributional records of Perilestidae (Odonata) in Brazil. Zoologia (Curitiba), 32(5), 428-430.