|Author||Klaas-Douwe Dijkstra & B. Viola Clausnitzer|
|Publisher||Royal Museum for Central Africa|
|Pictures||Color illustrations and photos|
|Year of release||2014|
Few animals groups represent the largest (insects) and most endangered (freshwater) Earth's biodiversity as well as dragonflies, perhaps the best known and most colorful species of all water insects. The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Eastern Africa (Dragonflies and Damselflies of East Africa. Handbook for all Odonata Sudan to Zimbabwe), product of 15 years of research, the first handbook as comprehensive and detailed the tropical Odonata scrutinizes. The book may treat one third of Africa, Sudan and Somalia to Zambia and Mozambique, including the entire eastern half of the Congo Basin - about ten million square kilometers in total, an area comparable with China or the United States - but it it gives an overview of almost two-thirds of the species present on the continent. More than 500 species are illustrated with original drawings in 1120 and 320 species are found in the more than 360 color photos. Identification Keys of the adult males of all types offer new reference points to recognize the "birdwatcher insects' in Africa; detailed descriptions provide the genus of hitherto most extensive inventory of their ecology and taxonomy, and each species is first mentioned an English non-scientific name. Validated checklists are provided for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.