The Dragonflies of Corfu

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    Information on identification, distribution and habitat for all the 43 reported species from Corfu is presented in The Dragonflies of Corfu.... Toon meer
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    AuteursMarie Stille & Bo Stille
    UitgeverEdition Chimaira
    Afbeeldingen   Kleurenfoto's en verspreidingskaarten
    Jaar van uitgave  2020

    There are 143 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Europe and 39 of these are
    presently found on Corfu, giving the island one of the highest numbers of species
    in the Greek archipelago. New species have been added to the fauna quite recently,
    the Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) and the Blue-eye (Erythromma lindenii) were re-
    ported for the first time in 2012. In addition, the Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra)
    was reported in 2007 and the Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla) in 2014, both most likely
    being recent arrivals to the island. Corfu also holds populations of the “Critically
    Endangered” Greek Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma elisabethae) and the “Near Threatened”
    Eastern Spectre (Caliaeshna microstigma).

    The high precipitation and the rich presence of waterways, both permanent and
    temporary, have created a range of suitable habitats and are factors that can ex-
    plain the rich dragonfly fauna. However, the increase in the resident population
    and the growth in tourism, with close to two million visitors every year, have led
    to habitat loss, especially of coastal wetlands due to the development of hotels and
    other tourist venues. The increase in water consumption and the increase in the
    pollution of the island waters are factors that pose serious threats to the fauna in
    general and to the amphibious one in particular.

    The aim of this book is to raise the awareness and understanding of the dragonfly
    fauna, and to give a first idea of its status and need for protection. Information on
    identification, distribution and habitat for all the 43 reported species from Corfu is
    also presented.

    Marie Stille studied geology and biology at Lund University in Sweden and has a
    Ph.D. in systematic zoology. Before moving to Corfu she ran a specialist plant nur­sery, worked as a fact reviewer within her area of expertise and is currently working
    as a free-lance writer and photographer. Bo Stille studied chemistry and biology at
    the same university and also has a Ph.D. in sytematic zoology. Before working as
    project/task manager at an international pharmaceutical company he worked as as-
    sistant professor at the Department of Systematic Zoology at Lund University. Both
    authors are originally from Sweden and moved to Corfu in 2011.

    This study was supported by the International Dragonfly Fund (IDF), a scientific
    society founded in 1996 for the improvement of odonatological knowledge and the
    protection of species. It supports projects dedicated to the exploration and protec-
    tion of the dragonflies of the world and their habitats.




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