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Coenagrionidae

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

Description

Members of this family range from the smallest local damselfly, Agriocnemis nana (hindwing 9 mm), which may well be the smallest in the world, to the largest member of the family in South-east Asia, Pericnemis stictica (hindwing 38 mm). Coenagrionid damselflies are of relatively light built with fairly narrow hyaline wings. They often have bright markings on the body. With one exception, they are characterised by rather short legs with sparse, short but heavy spines on the legs. Most local species occur in ponds, reservoirs and other standing water.

Coenagrionidae is the largest dragonfly family in the world with some 1100 described species. In Peninsular Malaysia, 37 species have been recorded. Of these, 21 species occur in Singapore.

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