Description of the larva of Vestalis melania (Selys, 1873) (Odonata: Calopterygidae) identified through DNA barcoding

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Don Mark E. Guadalquiver
Olga M. Nuneza
Sharon Rose R. Tabugo
Reagan Joseph T. Villanueva


The larva of Vestalis melania is described and illustrated for the first time, based on specimens collected from Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines. The identity of the larva was confirmed by matching its mitochondrial COI sequence with the adult. The larva can be distinguished by the shape of the prementum and its median cleft, lateral gills, and posterolateral abdominal spines. Comparison with other known larvae in the genus is also provided. The significance of using DNA barcoding for identifying larvae of Philippine Odonata is emphasized.

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