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Chlorolestes tessellatus 2012 04 29 KZN Midlands.jpg
Chlorolestes tessellatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Synlestidae
Tillyard, 1917

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The Synlestidae are a family of damselflies commonly known as sylphs or malachites.[1] They occur in South Africa, Australia, and South America.[2]


These damselflies are 21 to 36 millimeters long, with slender abdomens.[1] Species are generally metallic green to brown-tinged black in color.[3]


Damselflies of this family are predators. The nymphs live in rivers and streams, and can be found in stagnant pools during the dry season.[1]


There are eight extant genera. There are also several extinct genera known from fossils.[2]

Genera include:


  1. ^ a b c Synlestidae. Identification & Ecology of Australian Freshwater Invertebrates. Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
  2. ^ a b Vasilenko, D. V. (2005). New damselflies (Odonata: Synlestidae, Hemiphlebiidae) from the Mesozoic Transbaikalian locality of Chernovskie Kopi. Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal 39(3), 280-83.
  3. ^ Synlestidae. Australian Insect Families. CSIRO, 2016.