Critical species of Odonata in Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus


An overview is given of the present knowledge and current research on the Odonata fauna of Turkey, Iran, and the Caucasus. The occurrence of endemic taxa and of rare and possibly threatened species is discussed. The use of water from various aquatic habitats is reviewed in order to gain insight in existing and potential problems, and a number of conservation measures are proposed. The creation of a few protected key areas for vulnerable species is considered to be the most effective measurement at short notice. Taking our restricted knowledge into account, it is concluded that only a general increase in the awareness of the necessity to deal with environmental problems, both with governmental organisations as well as with the public in the countries involved, may help solving problems regarding aquatic habitats.

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