The larva of Nesolestes sp. from Madagascar (Odonata: Megapodagrionidae)


The larva of the genus Nesolestes is described and figured for the first time. Specimens were found in small brooklets in littoral swamp forest in south-eastern Madagascar. The larva is compared with the two other Madagascan genera of Megapodagrionidae, Protolestes and Tatocnemis, and diagnostic characters are given. The caudal lamellae are held in a horizontal plane. Similar types of caudal lamellae are found in some megapodagrionids of the south-east Asian and Australian region. It can be easily distinguished from the genera Protolestes and Tatocnemis by the shape of the caudal lamellae.

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