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Cholorocyphidae

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Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum/Division:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Odonata
Family:Cholorocyphidae

Description

Unlike the damselflies of other families, cholorocyphids have stout abdomens which are shorter than their wings. They have a unique head shape, with a distinctive protruding face, giving it a snout-like appearance. As the common name implies, they are generally colourful. They breed in running water (commonly forest streams) and do not move far from it. The males guard small territories around emergent or floating dead wood and engage in protracted disputes with other males in which the pair face each other and hover over the site.

The family includes some 145 species in 19 genera from tropical Asia, Australasia and Africa. Ten species occur in Peninsular Malaysia. Four have been recorded from Singapore, but one of them is nationally extinct.

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