Advances in Zoology and Botany Vol. 7(2), pp. 19 - 23
DOI: 10.13189/azb.2019.070201
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Study on the Seasonality, Habitat and Aspects of Reproductive Behavior of Calicnemia miles (Laidlaw, 1917) (Odonata: Platycnemididae) from Assam, India


Dipti Thakuria 1,*, Jatin Kalita 2
1 Department of Zoology, Biodiversity and Conservation Laboratory, Gauhati University, India
2 Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, India

ABSTRACT

Calicnemia miles (Laidlaw, 1917) is a bright red blood colored, damselfly specialized to waterfalls. Apart from the limited knowledge on the flight season, no prior reports on the breeding biology of the species are available. The present study attempts to describe the seasonality, habitat and behavioral aspects of oviposition in C. miles recorded from Assam. The population of C. miles was recorded during late premonsoon (April-May) and early monsoon season (June-July); peak of flight and copulation was observed in the month of June. The species occupies shady areas near waterfalls and was found to prefer roots of trees, moss carpet and damp seepage of streamlets surrounded by vegetation for mating and oviposition. The female deposits eggs into the plant tissue endophytically. Daily oviposition activity lasts from 80-120 minutes during which the males guards their females in tandem till the entire episode of oviposition.

KEYWORDS
Damselfly, Endophytic, Oviposition, Habitat, Rani, Kamrup

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Dipti Thakuria , Jatin Kalita , "Study on the Seasonality, Habitat and Aspects of Reproductive Behavior of Calicnemia miles (Laidlaw, 1917) (Odonata: Platycnemididae) from Assam, India," Advances in Zoology and Botany, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 19 - 23, 2019. DOI: 10.13189/azb.2019.070201.

(b). APA Format:
Dipti Thakuria , Jatin Kalita (2019). Study on the Seasonality, Habitat and Aspects of Reproductive Behavior of Calicnemia miles (Laidlaw, 1917) (Odonata: Platycnemididae) from Assam, India. Advances in Zoology and Botany, 7(2), 19 - 23. DOI: 10.13189/azb.2019.070201.