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Species of the Day – Zoe Waterfall damsel (Paraphlebia zoe)

December 22, 2012

Species of the Day - Zoe Waterfall damsel (Paraphlebia zoe)

Zoe Waterfall Damsel is the largest and most brightly colored species in its genus, it is known for its beautiful, aesthetic qualities. This striking damselfly is also valued for practical reasons, as it feeds on a variety of pests, such as mosquitoes.

Zoe Waterfall damsel known from six locations and is endemic to northeast Mexico. It occurs from San Luis Potosí and Hidalgo to Puebla, and Veracruz. It generally occurs at elevations of between 200 and 1,200 metres above sea level, where it inhabits forested streams in low mountains.

Zoe Waterfall damsel is classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List, greatest threat to the Zoe Waterfall damsel is deforestation of its natural habitat for commercial purposes, such as logging. Damselflies are considered important components of food webs, and can be used as indicators of the health of the streams and lakes which they inhabit, so they must be given conservation priority.

Conservationist must further study the population size and trends needs of this rare and endangered damselfly to be established and any additional populations must be identified. There are no known conservation measures in place for the Zoe Waterfall damsel. This species is not known to inhabit any protected areas.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2012 10:55 pm

    Thanks for the likes 🙂 do like my FB Page


  2. January 1, 2013 12:13 am

    thats a beauty,well done


    • January 1, 2013 1:17 am

      Thank You for your beautiful comments, I feel it is my moral obligation to spread awareness about the plight of of biodiversity and share nature’s finniest beauties with all the people of planet earth 🙂


      • January 1, 2013 2:07 am

        yes,i like to oen peoples eyes to nature too,only my blog concentrates on just one branch of it


      • January 1, 2013 2:33 am

        Glad to hear that 🙂


      • January 1, 2013 2:53 am

        thing is,i like smaller stuff,and my agument is that often people dont see the world in minature thats under their feet


      • January 1, 2013 12:28 pm

        there are not small or unimportant but vital and crucial for the role they play for the entire ecosystems and health of biodiversity.



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