Diversity of Odonate Fauna in Surajpur Lake: An Urban Wetland of Upper Gangetic Plain, Northern India

Nasim Ahmad Ansari


Surajpur Lake is a prominent urban wetland site in Upper Gangetic Plain, Northern India known for its rich avifaunal and other aquatic biodiversity. Present study was carried out to assess the odonate diversity from March 2010 to February 2013 by applying standard survey techniques. During the study period, a total of 36 species belonging to 29 genera and 5 families of odonate fauna were recorded. Dragonflies (Anisoptera) were represented by 25 species and damselflies (Zygoptera) by 11 species. Libellulidae was the dominant family among the dragonflies and Coenagrionidae among the damselflies. The relative abundance of odonates includes 14 species as common, 11 as very common, 7 were occasional, 3 were rare and one was very rare out of 36 species. The diversity of odonate fauna discussed in the light of results hitherto unreported.


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