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Family Chlorocyphidae

We have two genus of Family Chlorocyphidae in our image records:
1- Genus Libellago

2- Genus Rhinocypha

Family Chlorocyphidae
1/2 Genus : Libellago
Libellago semiopaca  (Selys, 1873)Libellago semiopaca  (Selys, 1873)
Libellago semiopaca


 Libellago lineata lineata (Burmeister, 1839) 脊紋鼓蟌Libellago lineata ♀23mm
Libellago lineata

2017-05-27 SG TAWAU

This species found in Sabah has no black tip on front wing. Probebly a new sub species. This same tipless species also found in Thailand (as in Asia

Family Chlorocyphidae
2/2 Genus : Rhinocypha
Rhinocypha aurofulgens (Laidlaw, 1931)Rhinocypha aurofulgens
Rhinocypha aurofulgens

♀18mm 2017-04-11 SRI AMA


Rhinocypha humeralisRhinocypha humeralisRhinocypha humeralis
Rhinocypha humeralis

2017-06-01 SG TAWAU


Damselfly Family Chlorocyphidae of Sabah
and else where in Borneo Island
... a family with unique short abdomen...

* endemic species that naturally occurs in only Borneo Island

  1 Genus : Libellago Selys, 1840
1 Libellago aurantiaca (Selys, 1859)
2 *Libellago dorsocyana (Lieftinck, 1937)
3 Libellago hyalina (Selys, 1859)
4 Libellago lineata (Burmeister, 1839) Found in Sungai Tawau
5 *Libellago phaethon (Laidlaw, 1931)
6 Libellago semiopaca (Selys, 1873) Found in Sungai Tawau White Bridge
7 *Libellago stictica  (Selys, 1869)


  2 Genus : Pachycypha Lieftinck, 1950
1  *Pachycypha aurea (Lieftinck, 1950)


  3 Genus : Rhinocypha Selys, 1842
1 *Rhinocypha aurofulgens (Laidlaw, 1931) Found in Sungai Tawau
2 *Rhinocypha cognata (Kimmins, 1936)
3 *Rhinocypha cucullata (Selys, 1873)
4 Rhinocypha humeralis (Selys, 1873) Found in Bukit Gemok
5 *Rhinocypha moultoni (Laidlaw, 1915)
6 *Rhinocypha spinifer (Laidlaw, 1931)
7 *Rhinocypha Istygia (Forster, 1897)
8 *Rhinocypha viola (Orr, 2002)


  4 Genus :  Heliocypha Fraser 1949
1 *Heliocypha biseriata (Selys, 1859)


  5 Genus : Sundacypha Laidlaw, 1950
1 Sundacypha petiolata (Selys, 1859)
2 *Sundacypha striata (Orr, 1999)


  6 Genus : Rhinoneura Laidlaw, 1915
1 *Rhinoneura caerulea (Kimmins, 1936)
2 *Rhinoneura villosipes (Laidlaw, 1915)

The unique NOSE of  Chlorocyphidae damselflies
The head bears a unique upturned snout, or rhinarium, which projects far beyond the rather close-set eyes.
The rhinarium is the wet, naked surface around the nostrils of the nose in most mammals. It is an area of hairless skin surrounding the nostrils. Colloquially it might be called a "wet snout".

But damselflies are not mammals, the function of their rhinarium is unclear.
Libellago and Rhinocypha damselfly species are separated by unique Rhinarium (extended frons).

Genus LibellagoRhinocypha
The different between Genus Libellago and Rhinocypha can be identified from the shape of their rhinarium (nose).

Out of the global 10 families of damselflies, the following 7 families  are found in Borneo Island :

01- Family Calopterygidae 色蟌科
02- Family Chlorocyphidae 鼻蟌科
03- Family Coenagrionidae 細蟌科
04- Family Euphaeidae 溪蟌科
05- Family Lestidae 絲蟌科
06- Family Platycnemididae  琵蟌科/扇蟌科
07- Family Protoneuridae 原蟌科


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