Castoraeschna corbeti sp. nov. from Floresta Nacional de Carajés, Paré state, Brazil (Odonata: Aeshnidae)


Castoraeschna corbeti sp. nov. is described and diagnosed based on four males (holo- type: Brazil, Para State, Floresta Nacional de Carajás [6°06′13.9″S, 50°08′13.1″W, ca 600 m a.s.l.], 28 ix 2007 to be deposited in Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro). This species is similar to C. longfieldae and C. coronata but can be distinguished mainly by the absence of medio-dorsal spots on S8; postero-dorsal spots on S8-9 very narrow; cerci external margin almost straight in lateral view, without a distinct angulation between stem and base of lamina; cerci apex blunt. The probable ultimate stadium larva is described based on two individuals, male and female, collected at the type locality. Adults were observed flying along margins of a small shaded second-order stream where the larvae were taken. The surrounding forest is under impact of iron ore extraction and will probably disappear in the next years.

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