Sixty New Dragonfly Species from Africa
The number of known dragonfly species in Africa has increased from 700 to 760, nearly 10%.
According to KD Dijkstra, “the current emphasis on molecular research creates the impression that the undiscovered life is inconspicuous or hidden, but each of our new species is colorful and easy to identify.” The new species of dragonfly is described in Dijkstra’s journal as Odonatologica.
Currently the authors are in the process of naming the new species. “Names introduce species to humanity,” Dijkstra said. “All awareness, conservation and research of nature starts with the question: which species is that?”
So far, some of the new species have been given very interesting and fun names. A few of the names include:
- Umma gumma named after the 1969 Pink Floyd album Ummagumma
- Notogomphus gorilla, named after the Mountain Gorilla
A lot of the other names are named after fellow entomologist who have worked on dragonflies in African and others named after rivers, parks or provinces in Africa.