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WELCOME TO THE ODONATA OF INDIA WEBSITE!

Welcome to the Odonata of India website, a peer-reviewed, internet-based and open resource on Indian Odonata. It is a sister of the Butterflies of India, Moths of India, Cicadas of India, Reptiles of India and Amphibians of India websites.

There are around 5,680 species of Odonata known from all over the globe with almost all of them dependant on freshwater habitats for their reproduction. Many species often have small distributions and are habitat specific, hence they are often successfully used as indicators for environmental health and conservation management.

Approximately 503 species of odonates occur in India, with approx. 186 species being endemic. The endemic odonate fauna of India is largely concentrated in two biodiversity hotspots of India, viz., Western Ghats and Northeast India.

This website is designed as a central database on Indian Odonata which includes photographic records, distributional and population data, natural history information, and ecology. This website also serves to spread awareness about conservation of these insects. We have used the "citizen science" model in which anyone can contribute to our ever-growing website (the list of species pages can be accessed here). You can get involved right away by contributing images of Indian odonates, contributing articles or by just spreading the word about this website.

Please follow this link to register and start contributing images: Submit Observations
(Please write to shantanu@ifoundbutterflies.org regarding any queries.) 
 

Cite this website along with its URL as:

Joshi, S., P. Koparde, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (eds.) 2017. Odonata of India, v. 1.10. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.

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