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 Post subject: Lankas dragonflies threatened with extinction
 Post Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:32 pm 
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Disappearing dragonflies
Sri Lanka's remarkable jewels clearly in trouble

@ TSS / 23 July 2006

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Of the 116 dragonfly (Odonate) species found in Sri Lanka, 53 are endemics and no less than 20 endemics (40%) are threatened with extinction. The island's remarkable dragonfly fauna is clearly in trouble.

The rapid destruction and fragmentation of Sri Lanka's rainforests, and the removal of forest corridors along rivers and streams has brought many dragonfly species near or to the brink of extinction. 15 jungle-dwelling species of the genus Drepanosticta are confined to tiny pockets of their original habitat and five of them have not been seen for over 60 years. They are classified as Critically Endangered.

Effective conservation measures in declared protected areas and the establishment of a network of new small protected areas and corridors are needed to guarantee the dragonflies future.


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