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Observations on underwater oviposition in Pseudagrion indicum Fraser (Odonata:Coenagrionidae): an endemic species from the Western Ghats

Neha Mujumdar; Dipti Thakuria; Dheeraj Halali; Pankaj Koparde

Underwater oviposition of the Western Ghats endemic Pseudagrion indicum Fraser is discussed as a part of the reproductive behavior of odonates in the present article.  Opportunistic records from two localities in Northern and Southern Western Ghats highlight the lack of data on breeding biology of these odonates. Observations presented here throw light on the need for documentation of breeding season of these species, which appears to be the post-monsoon season for P. indicum. Our work concludes that more emphasis should be given on ecological studies of these insects, especially endemic species that can provide valuable inputs in designing conservation strategies for potential areas.

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