Scarlet marsh hawk spotted in Haikou Wuyuan River sets a new record for dragonfly species in Hainan
News source:hiHainan / 07 31,2020 16:39:37 / Focus on Hainan

Dragonflies are a species from ancient times.

Long before the dinosaurs era, they were flying in the sky.

They are closely linked with mankinds existence.

According to the Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute, on July 29 at the Wuyuan River National Wetland Park, a team working with an amphibian and reptile observation program spotted the scarlet marsh hawk (Aethriamanta brevipennis), setting a new record for dragonfly species found in Hainan.

On July 29, a scarlet marsh hawk is spotted near the Yongzhuang Reservoir, Wuyuan River. [Photo / Yuan Langxing]

The diverse freshwater habitats of Hainan Island, with numerous streams, lakes, and wetlands support 165 species of dragonflies, 22 of which are unique to Hainan Island.

The scarlet marsh hawk (Aethriamanta brevipennis) that was found by the Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institute are arthropods that belong to the Insecta class, Odonata suborder. They mainly live in a water hyacinth breeding pond below 500 meters above sea level, and their active period is from March to December. They are only found in Dehong Yunnan; Xishuangbanna, and Hong Kong in China, as well as outside of China in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, and Thailand.

The author of The Hainan Dragonfly Map" and Doctor of Entomology Zhang Haomiao said that he has been conducing dragonfly observation in Hainan for more than ten years, but had never seen the scarlet marsh hawk, possibly because he hadnt found their habitat before. Given that the species has a natural dispersal process, the discovery of the scarlet marsh hawk now may also be the result of natural migration due to climate change.

On July 29, a scarlet marsh hawk is spotted near the Yongzhuang Reservoir, Wuyuan River. [Photo / Yuan Langxing]

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