Brockhaus T. 2022. The Palaearctic dragonfly (Insecta: Odonata) fauna of the lands north of the Arctic Circle — a critical synopsis // Euroasian Entomological Journal. Vol.21. No.3: 142–152 [in English].

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doi 10.15298/euroasentj.21.3.02

ABSTRACT. Forty dragonfly (Insecta: Odonata) species have been found north of the Arctic Circle between the Lofoten archipelago in the West and the Chukchi peninsula in the Russian Far East. This analysis is based on a critical evaluation of the available literature, data bases as well as my own observations in northern Fennoscandia and in the Polar Urals. The species Aeshna caerulea (Strym, 1783), A. subarctica Walker, 1908, A. juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) and Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) were found in all regions. Somatochlora arctica Zetterstedt, 1840 and S. sahlbergi Trybom, 1889 are also widespread throughout the northern Palearctic. Only observations from the East Siberian mountain region and the East Siberian lowlands are missing. The two damselflies, Coenagrion johanssoni (Wallengren, 1894) and Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840), occur north of the Arctic Circle in both the western and the eastern Palearctic. The present analysis is a basis for the recording of potential changes in fauna because of climate change.

KEY WORDS: Arctic Circle, northern distribution of Palaearctic Odonata, check lists of the regions.

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