Trisha Shetty

Vestalis apicalis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Calopterygidae
Genus  Vestalis
Order  Odonate
Class  Insecta
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Species
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Similar  Vestalis, Odonate, Vestalis gracilis, Ceriagrion coromandelianum, Ceriagrion cerinorubellum

Vestalis apicalis, or the black-tipped forest glory, is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is found in India and Sri Lanka.

It breeds in forest streams. Commonly seen as a group rest among bushes in forest paths and shades together with Vestalis gracilis.

Subspecies

V. apicalis apicalis is commonly found in the hill streams of Western Ghats. Two more subspecies are recognised; V. a. nigrescens Fraser 1929 from Sri Lanka and V. a. submontana Fraser 1934 from India. Records of V. a. submontana are from the Nilgiri Hills and Eastern Ghats. V. a. nigrescens is confined to Sri Lanka, where it appears to be quite widely distributed. V. a. submontana is now considered as a separate species Vestalis submontana.

References

Vestalis apicalis Wikipedia


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