The Odonata (Insecta) of Dhofar, southern Oman

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Elaine M. Cowan
Peter J. Cowan


The Dhofar governorate of Oman (‘Dhofar’) is largely desert with a mainly arid climate.  It contains an Afrotropical escarpment region influenced by monsoon precipitation.  We summarise published records of odonates for Dhofar, organised by four natural regions, present our unpublished photographic records for 23 sites according to these regions and produce a Dhofar apparent-status statement for most odonate species.  Records for the regionally Endangered Urothemis thomasi and regionally Endangered Acisoma variegatum and regionally Least Concern Paragomphus sinaiticus are discussed.

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Elaine M. Cowan, School of Education, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX, Scotland, UK

Honorary senior lecturer.

Peter J. Cowan, Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, University of Nizwa, Birkat Al Mawz, Sultanate of Oman

Associate Professor (retired)

Department of Biological Scienes and Chemistry


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