First new species of damselfly discovered in Australia in a Decade

Main report: A newly discovered insect found on the Cape York Peninsula might look tiny and delicate, but it is causing a big buzz in the bug world.
(ABC (Australia))
Other Reporting: Australian Geographic, ABC News
Scientific Paper: Zootaxa    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Oristicta rosendaleorum
Common Name: Elegant Wiretail
Species named for: indigenous elder Uncle Eric Rosendale and daughter Barbara Rosendale-Collie
Categories: Insects | New Species
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It is the first new species of damselfly to be discovered in almost a decade, and only the second in the genus Oristicta.  The new species was discovered during an Queensland Museum ‘Bush Blitz’ expedition in far north Queensland.  There are 325 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Australia.

Oristicta rosendaleorum. IMAGE CREDIT: Geoff Thompson

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