First record of Anaciaeshna jaspidea and Epophthalmia vittata vittata (Odonata: Anisoptera) from Pakistan

Document Type : Regular Paper


1 Agricultural Training Institute Karor Lal Easan, District Layyah, Punjab, Pakistan

2 Department of Entomology, PMAS, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi

3 Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Islamabad

4 Adaptive Research Farm, Karor District. Layyah


During a survey of Sindh and Punjab provinces of Pakistan, two dragonfly genera were collected and identified for the first time from the country. Anaciaeshna(Family Aeshnidae) is a genus of large dragonflies. Representatives were collectedfrom Gujjo, District Thatta (Sindh) in August 2008 and were identified as Anaciaeshna jaspidea (Burmeister). The second genus was Epophthalmia (Family Corduliidae), medium to large sized, well-built and very fast flying dragonflies. Epophthalmia vittata vittata Burmeister (Family Corduliidae) was collected from Java Dam, Rawalpindi and Dhok Tallian Dam near Chakwal. Individuals of this genus were found maneuvering near the peripheries of small dams. Some taxonomic notes of the said species are provided.