Atlas of the Dragonflies and Damselflies of West and Central Asia
Text is in English.
Dragonflies and damselflies are good indicators of the quality of freshwater habitats and are colorful ambassadors for the preservation of freshwater ecosystems. In West and Central Asia the combination of climate change and an ever increasing demand for freshwater for drinking and agriculture will result in increased desertification and habitat degradation. The future of some of the species occurring in the area is therefore gloomy and some might not make it to the end of the century.
This Atlas deals with no less than 175 (sub)species, many of which are endemic to the region or occur just marginally outside the region. For each species a distribution map is presented showing its occurrence in the region and adjacent areas. Texts for each species give basic information on the distribution, habitat preferences and, in some cases, taxonomical information. Although this atlas is not an identification guide, it will definitely help to identify most of the species in the region as it contains images of nearly all species, many of which have seldom been depicted in books before. We hope that this book will help to raise local awareness about this group of freshwater species and will contribute in a better protection and management of freshwater ecosystems.
Softback, 250 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps, text is in English
J-P. Boudot, S. Borisov, G. de Knijf, R.H. van Grunsven, A. Schröter, V.J. Kalkman, Nederlandse Vereniging voor libelenstudie, October 2021
This is a supplement of the Dutch journal Brachytron