Saturday, October 22, 2016

Yebury's Elf (Tetrathemis yerburii)

English: Yebury's Elf
Binomial: Tetrathemis yerburii

Yebury's Elf is an endemic species of dragonflies found in Sri Lanka. Population of this dragonfly has been spread in the southwestern and eastern parts of the island (Sumanapala, Podduwage, and Dayananda 2016). Distinct metallic blue-green eyes are the easiest method of identifying it. Above photographed one was found while perched on a bush close to a pond in Sinharaja forest reserve in June, 2015. It is in the category of 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List. Destruction of primary and secondary forests can be the major threats for the species.

References:
  • Sumanapala, Amila P., Divanka R. Podduwage, and Salindra K. Dayananda 2016 New Locality Records and Range Extensions for Several Threatened Species of Odonata in Sri Lanka. Check List 12(4): 1921.
  • Dragonflies of Sri Lanka - Matjaž Bedjaniè, Karen Conniff, Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(tm) 2015-4 - http://www.iucnredlist.org

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