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1 October 2018 Survey of Dragonflies (Odonata) in Palm Swamps of Cerrado Hotspot
Marciel Elio Rodrigues, Emanuelle Batista Moura, Ricardo Koroiva, Ana Cláudia Piovezan Borges, Fabio de Oliveira Roque
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The palm swamps (i.e. Veredas) in the Cerrado, Brazilian Savanna, are priority areas for conservation. The Veredas' hydrological characteristics are fundamental for the maintenance of biodiversity and economic activities in this region. However, despite this importance, only a few studies have been carried out in these areas, primarily surveys for dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata). Here, we sampled twenty-five palm swamps in a Cerrado region. We found 56 species of Odonata, ten of which were new records for the Mato Grosso do Sul State: Coenagrionidae (6), Libellulidae (3) and Aeshnidae (1). The Veredas harbor both lentic and lotic systems which contribute to the great regional diversity of Odonata. Our results increase our knowledge about Odonata diversity in Veredas areas of the Cerrado, show the importance of these environments for Odonata species, and emphasize the importance of maintaining the Veredas as Permanent Preservation Areas.

Marciel Elio Rodrigues, Emanuelle Batista Moura, Ricardo Koroiva, Ana Cláudia Piovezan Borges, and Fabio de Oliveira Roque "Survey of Dragonflies (Odonata) in Palm Swamps of Cerrado Hotspot," Entomological News 128(1), 24-38, (1 October 2018). https://doi.org/10.3157/021.128.0104
Received: 30 July 2017; Accepted: 5 January 2018; Published: 1 October 2018
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Cerrado
distribution
Dragonfly records
first records
species list
Veredas
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