[Odonata-l] Middle American dragonfly book

Dennis Paulson dennispaulson at comcast.net
Wed Sep 5 08:49:14 PDT 2007

Hello, all.

When writing about the Argentine Yungas book yesterday, it slipped my  
mind that there is another published book on odonates in the Neotropics.
Libélulas de Mesoamérica y el Caribe / Dragonflies and Damselflies of  
Middle America and the Caribbean
Carlos Esquivel
320 pages, 169 photos.
INBio: the Costa Rican Biodiversity Institute

For the first time ever, this book presents easy-to-read descriptions  
of the morphology, habitat, behavior, larvae, and geographical  
distribution of all the 16 families occurring here, plus accounts on  
the natural history of more than 75 of their commonest species  
illustrated with outstanding color photos of both sexes, some of them  
pictured for the first time.

Also included is a user-friendly Illustrated Key to all the families  
of this region and up-to-date, per country lists of all the species.  
Given the wide geographical distribution of the species treated here,  
both scientists and amateurs working with odonates in North and South  
America will also find valuable, novel information in this book.

Language: Bilingual, in Spanish and English.
Note that only 75+ species are described, so in my opinion this  
doesn't qualify as a field guide to the species of the region (there  
are about 540 species), but it is certainly a worthwhile purchase for  
anyone wanting to know more about Neotropical Odonata.
Dennis Paulson
1724 NE 98 St.
Seattle, WA 98115
dennispaulson at comcast.net

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