Some Trinidad Dragonflies that can be Identified on the Wing

John Michalski


When the idea for this article was first proposed to me, it was suggested that I write and illustrate an article describing all known species of Trinidad dragonflies and damselflies (order Odonata). It was immediately apparent, as I quickly explained, that such an article would indeed be a book by itself, as my recent collecting experience suggests that there are at least 120 species, and perhaps as many as 150, in Trinidad alone! I have selected twenty-five species of dragonflies to represent the much broader range of local species. The selected types, it is hoped, represent (in a general way) the range of sizes, colour patterns and forms found in this group. In addition, I have mainly chosen those species that are likely to be seen.

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