Odonata of playas in the southern high plains, Texas

Bryan A. Reece, Nancy E. McIntyre

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Playas represent the only natural source of above-ground freshwater in the southern High Plains of North America; there are > 20,000 such wetlands in the Panhandle of Texas (area of the highest concentration of playas). Many organisms use these small, ephemeral ponds during some stage of their life histories; e.g., dragonflies and damselflies (class Insecta, order Odonata, and suborders Anisoptera and Zygoptera, respectively) of this otherwise semi-arid region require these aquatic habitats for larval development. Relatively few distributional records have been established for Odonata in this region, so we conducted a baseline survey to assess distributional patterns of odonates in playas. Five seasons of observation and collection yielded important presence-absence data, resulting in 110 count)'records for the 16 counties in the study area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-99
Number of pages4
JournalSouthwestern Naturalist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


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