Thursday 22 May 2014

A new species of Damselfly from the La Montaña de Corazal Cloud Forest of Honduras.

Damselflies (Zygoptera) are members of the Dragonfly order (Odonta), though generally smaller then Dragonflies. They hold their wings behind them when resting, unlike Dragonflies that hold their wings at their sides at all times, and have more obviously separated eyes (those of Dragonflies tend to touch at the top of the head). Like Dragonflies, Damselflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis, with an aquatic larvae that progressively gets more like the adult with each molt, gaining wings and sexual characteristics and leaving the water at the final molt.

In a paper published in the journal ZooKeys on 13 May 2014, Merlijn Jocque of the Jessica Ware Lab at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation and Ivany Argueta of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Instituto Nacional de Conservación y Desarrollo Forestal, Áreas Protegidas y Vida Silvestre in Honduras describe a new species of Damselfly from the Pico Bonito National Park in northern Honduras.

The new species is placed in the genus Amphipteryx, and given the specific name jaroli, in honour of Jarol Estrada, a guide at the Pico Bonito National Park. The species is described from nine male and one female specimens, all collected in cloud forest to the north of the village of Los Horcones at an altitude of about 1640 m. The males are 50-54 mm in length, the female 38 mm, all are black and yellow with cyan facial markings.

Specimens of Amphipteyx jaroli. Jocque & Argueta (2014).

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